Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

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This high school turned security prison simply known as S-21 was situated just 2 blocks away from where we were staying in Phnom Penh. After making a trip out to the Killing Fields that morning, we decided to walk to the prison. Today it is called the Tuol Sleng (Hill of Poisonous Trees) and has been converted into a museum to bare remnants of a horrendous past where over 20,000 prisoners were tortured and executed, many of which were prominent public figures and politicians, at the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Like other known concentration camps around the world, S-21 also had a very organized administration. Photographs were shot of every prisoner brought there, personal details were taken and concisely documented, their possessions confiscated before the horror began.  It was an utterly grim place and the atrocity lingers to this day.


For other prison-themed photos, check out this post by delusiana with pictures shot in an abandoned jail in Kuala Lumpur. A recurring theme here at CGSF are our excursions into abandoned buildings and sites for those of you who are interested.


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