Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum stands tall in being the most classified and notorious historical place in Cambodia. Alternatively known as Genocide Tourism, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum has witnessed an increase in the number of tourists over the last 10 years. Director atChoeungEk, ChhourSokty says that approximately 700 visitors visit the killing fields. The memorial stands to protect the memoir of almost 2 million beings who died a horrific and cruel death during the 1975-1979 killing by Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge.
Optionally available tourism packages
There are many optional packages available. You can opt for a full day tour or hourly tours as per your requirements. Package rates are full day Phnom Penh city tour that includes the museum at the rate US$110. Also, there is an optional package of US$28 that includes a half day tour of the Tuol Sleng Museum and Cheung Ek Killing Fields. Your Cambodia tour operator shall arrange for the hotel packages, car transport to historically important places and sites.
You can witness the beauty of Cambodia, its scenic charisma and the horrific day when Khmer Rouge took Phnom Penh. You can also opt for a personalized and private tour of Phnom Penh City that includes the Silver Pagoda. It will cost you approximately US$76. There is also an 8-hour tour that includes Phnom Penh, The capital city of Cambodia, The Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac rivers. Tour operators shall charge you US$100 approximately for this.
But if you prefer to visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum only, you can limit your budget and complete your tour destination in a minimal 4 hours at 20 $. You can optionally visit the Tuol Sleng High School which portrays the S-21 prison camp and the horror stories of how torture and sufferings inflicted on innocent humans. At ChoeungEk you will witness one of the most gruesome killings in the history of humankind where approximately 8,000 human skulls showcased within a sacred shrine.
Best mode of transport for overseas tourists
The Phnom Penh International Airport is the nearest terminal to reach Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. By train, there is a service running fromKampot to Phnom Penh on the Southern Line. These "Bamboo Trains" run through the town but the most frequent ones run near Battambag.The best possible way to reach Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is through street 278 near Toul Sleng or through S21 which runs through Street 360 off Monivong B oulevard which moves through both 278 and 360 Streets, which are easy to access from Cambodia. You can leave Toul Sleng/S21 by 2 PM after you have reached hotel to visit the museum. From here taking a tuk-tuk you can visit ChoungEk Killing Fields which is 14 Km from S21/Toul Sleng and takes about 40 minutes to reach.
General information, entry fees, etc.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum opens at 7 am in the morning and closes at 11.30 am. It reopens at 2 pm and closes at 5:30 p.m. The Entry fee is US$2. The entrance of the museum is towards the west side of 113 Street and in the north of 350 Street.
As a tourist, nobody will have a rare idea what they are going to see in the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, where Khmer Rouge butchered more than 17,000 people including children. The moment you enter to witness the stark reality of history, the modern men’s cruel policy of annihilation, suddenly you will experience a feeling of guilt and helplessness engulfing every part of your body. You will automatically slip down to a living corpse and become emotionally perturbed. Today Cambodians are not living in the skeleton of Tuol Sleng, and you can see the new generation young cheerful Cambodians with strong spirit and determination.