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S-21 and Choeung Ek

Two of the more harrowing sites to experience in Cambodia – the former S-21 (Security Prison 21) site, now known as Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, the most well known “killing fields” site.

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is situated within the city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The museum is very basic, but maintains a chilling reminder to Cambodia’s dark past.  The buildings are still lined with barbed wire, originally installed to prevent escapes, and suicides from higher floors.  Guides are available at the museum, but after listing to one speak for a short time, I was glad I didn’t invest in one, as his detailed explanation of events from within the walls of S-21 were difficult to stomach.

Choeung Ek is a short ride out of Phnom Penh and is the permanent resting site for many of the former S-21 prisoners.  Although there are not a lot of physically heart wrenching sights to see, it still brings upon a very sombre feeling when walking around the grounds.