This day was definitely my favorite in our two-week getaway in Cambodia. Why? Because I was lucky enough to see the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. I could still feel the goose bumps up until this very day.
First, we headed to the Russian Market. How did it get its nickname? Well, in the ‘80s, Russian expats used to shop here. Now, it’s the hotspot for handicrafts and souvenirs.
Then, we enjoyed our delicious lunch.
Our next stop was the Tuol Seng Genocide Museum. Thanks to Google Map, we easily found it. It was just 20 minutes away from the Russian Market.
The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum chronicled the infamous Cambodian genocide. “Tuol sleng” means “hill of the poisonous trees”.
The site used to be a campus that served as Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot’s regime (1975-1979).
Tuol Sleng was only one of at least 150 execution centers in the Cambodia and as many as 20,000 prisoners were killed there.
It was my first time to know about Tuol Sleng and it made me tremendously sad.
Here’s our photo diary. We were not allowed to take photos in some areas of the museum. So, our apologies if we could not post a lot.
Our day was capped by a good dinner.
Stay tuned for my Vietnam post soon! =)
Photos Credits to J.Dennis