Once a high school and later known as the S-21 prison where the Khmer Rouge held thousands of prisoners and killed many others during the years of their regime (1975-1979), is now known as the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide. This museum sits in the middle of Phnom Penh, Cambodia where over 14,000 people entered and only seven were found alive when it was discovered. Prisoners here were tortured, interrogated and killed. Many were shipped off to the killing fields outside of town to meet their fate, but this was only one location out of hundreds that were in use throughout the country. Some of the photos that you are about to see are disturbing and should probably not be viewed by young children. These are however facts of life and prove that there are evil people all over who take on different shapes and sizes. Pol Pot led the Khmer Rouge and was the face of everything dark and disturbing during this time of horror. He was also a former schoolteacher! To learn more of what happened during this very sad time in history go to this website.
Cheung Ek Killing Fields:
Many people will visit these places and never share what they saw or learned because it’s too hard for them or they think people shouldn’t have to hear about such an atrocity. We feel that it needs to be seen and people need to learn about such acts. This is the real world that we live in and this did not happen a hundred years ago. When a stop was finally put to this mayhem, the year was 1979. The people who were involved with the Khmer Rouge regime were finally charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes, the year…2007!
Here are the costs for visiting both the S-21 museum and the Killing Fields as of April, 2014:
Killing Fields: $6/person includes a great audio tour
Tuk-Tuk from Phnom Phen to S-21 and The Killing Fields (We took 6 hours total): $20
**We highly recommend going to the Killing Fields first and then to S21. The audio tour gives a huge amount of information and background that puts what you see at S21 into context.