When Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge, this former high school was converted into the detention and interrogation center known as S-21. Political enemies suspected of treason were brought here and tortured for confessions. Very few detainees survived S-21, but the brutal history of Toul Sleng was documented by the Khmer Rouge themselves in the postmortem photos of many of the victims. The tragedy of S-21 is almost too much to bear, whether you choose to walk through the buildings alone or with one of the excellent guides registered with the museum.
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The museum is the once prison that contained many people who were subsequently killed. Once a school, the museum offers a humbling account of the genocide. You can walk in the torture rooms and cells, and speak with some of the still living survivors of the tragic era. Highly recommend a tour guide to take you around this site and the Killing Fields to get the full picture.
There are a couple of survivors that will share their story with you about how they survived. Buy their books or souvenirs to help support them.
The weather in Phnom Penh is tropical and is very hot and humid due to the high pressure of the Gulf of Thailand and the Indian Ocean. Walking on the big streets, you will feel so hot and uncomfortable, while Phnom Penh has a very hot summer, even in the normal days it will make you shudder with the heat. Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia. But when the night arrives in the capital city, it gives people a feeling of darkness and quietness. Many shops get closed around 7 or 8 o'clock in the city. The sidewalks are always full of motorcycles and occupies most of the place on the streets. The streets are also full of gravel and dust. If you don't see two tall buildings, you can only visually think that this is equivalent to the domestic second and third line, and it is similar to Hue in Vietnam. Phnom Penh, the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, was called the “Paris of the East” 50 years ago. After nearly half a century of war, it has lost its former charm, and it now seems to be broken and barren.