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Khmer Rouge Sites in Phnom Penh

Khmer Rouge Sites in Phnom Penh

From 1975 to 1979, under the leadership of communist dictator Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge carried out a mass genocide in Cambodia that led to the deaths of more than two million people. Here are a few places in and around Phnom Penh where you can learn more about this dark period of the nation’s history.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is housed within a high school that was turned into Security Prison 21 (S-21 Prison) during Pol Pot’s regime. It quickly became the largest facility of its kind in the country. Today, the museum testifies to the crimes of the Khmer Rouge against the 17,000 people held here.

Choeung Ek Killing Fields

A peaceful, rural area outside of Phnom Penh was the site of 17,000 executions of men, women, and children during the Khmer Rouge regime. Most of the mass graves have been left untouched, but a tower of 8,000 human skulls arranged behind clear glass panels give an idea of the scope of the atrocities committed here— an area now known as the Killing Fields.

Phnom Ta Reach

While not as well known as the Genocide Museum or the Killing Fields, this off-the-beaten-track site was where Pol Pot ordered prisoners to carve a tunnel through a rocky mountain over 650 feet (200 meters) long.

National Museum of Cambodia

While the National Museum isn’t directly tied to the Khmer Rouge, it puts the era into a greater historical context through one of the biggest collections of Khmer art and artifacts in the world.

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Full-Day Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour & Killing Field

Full-Day Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour & Killing Field

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Explore Phnom Penh on a full-day private tour of the vibrant capital. Admire the stately columns of the Royal Palace, visit the National Museum, and climb to the hilltop Wat Phnom. Then learn about Cambodia’s tragic past at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the former site of the Security Prison 21 (S-21) established by the Khmer Rouge regime. Your personal guide shares insightful commentary on a visit to the Killing Fields at Choeng Ek. Lunch and a market tour are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.90
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$75.90

Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields

Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields

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Discover the history and horror of Phnom Penh’s past on this half-day, small-group tour. Follow the path of one of the most tragic times of the 20th century – the rise and fall of the Khmer Rouge – and see how the country has been rebuilt.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$58.00
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Private Tour: Phnom Penh City Tour Full Day

Private Tour: Phnom Penh City Tour Full Day

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Take in the highlights of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, on this full-day private tour. Enjoy the undivided attention of your guide and an itinerary customised to your preferences, stopping at attractions including the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, and the Russian Museum. Also included is a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Memorial to learn more about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia’s dark past.
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  • 10 hours
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$156.42
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$156.42
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Remnants of a Khmer Rouge Era

Remnants of a Khmer Rouge Era

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Uncover the truths of Cambodia’s dark history with a half-day tour of the Tuol Sleng Museum and Cheung Ek Killing Fields from Phnom Penh. Learn about the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge and the Pol Pot regime as you walk the halls of Toul Sleng, the former S-21 Prison, then pay a moving visit to the mass graveyard of Cheung Ek, the ‘Killing Fields’.
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  • 4 hours
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$69.24
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$69.24
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4 Hours Private Phnom Penh National Museum and Royal Palace Tour

4 Hours Private Phnom Penh National Museum and Royal Palace Tour

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The National Museum and the Royal Palace are two of Phnom Penh’s most visited attractions, and this private tour takes in both in one day. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance and a guided tour of the grand palace, including the throne room and the Silver Pagoda, then marvel at ancient Khmer art at the National Museum.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$154.62
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$154.62
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Tuol Sleng Museum and Russian Market Half-day Tour

Tuol Sleng Museum and Russian Market Half-day Tour

Learn about atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Tour the harrowing site of a former high school that was converted by Pol Pot into a detention and torture center called Security Prison 21 (S-21). After a sobering look, your half-day itinerary lightens with an exploration at the Russian Market. Hotel transport is provided from Phnom Penh.
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  • 4 hours
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$51.30
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$51.30
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