Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide
The memorial site of the S-21 interrogation and detention centre, the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide is located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh and offers an important insight into Cambodia's recent history.
You'll have a tour of the museum by your guide and you can learn about the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge regime. It's estimated that about 20,000 people passed through the centre between 1976 and 79 but the true number is unknown.
It's quite something to consider that Tuol Sleng was just 1 of 150 interrogation centres set up by the Khmer Rouge. At any one time up to 1,500 people were interred here, where they were repeatedly tortured and coerced into naming family members and close associates, who were in turn arrested, tortured and killed.
The museum features a permanent exhibition depicting the history of the Khmer Rouge period and various temporary exhibitions relating to the living conditions of this period and on the impact it still has on Cambodian society.
The museum houses an extensive archive of all the people who were victimised during this dark period in Cambodian history.
The Museum certainly comes under the blanket of 'dark tourism' but we feel it's a very important way to gain some insight into the suffering endured by the majority of Cambodians under the Khmer Rouge.