Mind & Eye


During a recent trip to Cambodia we visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh. It was educational, but the most solemn part of our trip. The museum is on the grounds of the S-21 prison that was run by the Khmer Rouge during their four year reign of terror. Before the complex of buildings was a prison, it was –of all things– a school. The building’s design clearly reflects these pedagogic beginnings,  and yet somehow it’s difficult to picture given the chains and various torture implements that sit inside now (and I went to Catholic School.)

This is a definite must-see if you’re in Phnom Penh. If you’re staying near the city center, you’ll need to catch a tuk-tuk there. However, it’s easy to coordinate it with nearby sights such as the Russian Market. Warning: Tuk-tuk drivers will try to talk you into going to the Killing Fields…

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