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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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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$156.42
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$156.42
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Phnom Penh Hop On Hop Off

Phnom Penh Hop On Hop Off

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Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned shuttle bus as you checkout the top sites of Phnom Penh with this hop-on hop-off tour. Learn about this history of this colorful city from your expert guide thanks to on-board commentary and gain deeper insight into the cultures and traditions of local people. Make stops at the Killing Fields, Prison S21 and other historic landmarks as part of this memorable tour that's completely customizable according to your time and interests.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$15.39
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Half-Day Tuol Sleng Museum and Cheung Ek Killing Fields

Half-Day Tuol Sleng Museum and Cheung Ek Killing Fields

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$66.67
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$66.67
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Full-Day Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour

Full-Day Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour

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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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$74.00
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$74.00

Full-day Private Phnom Penh National Museum and Royal Palace Tour

Full-day Private Phnom Penh National Museum and Royal Palace Tour

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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$134.62
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6-Day Cambodia Tour to Angkor Wat from Phnom Penh by Air

6-Day Cambodia Tour to Angkor Wat from Phnom Penh by Air

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Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Cambodia on a comprehensive 6-day tour of the country’s most spectacular sights. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, delve into the tragic recent history of the country and marvel at its ancient archeological heritage; feel emotionally stirred during a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and memorial site of the infamous Killing Fields; and then board a plane to the charming colonial city of Siem Reap, where the mystifying temples of Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm abound. Enjoy an intimate experience on this small-group tour, on which numbers are limited to 16 people.
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  • 6 days
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$1,280.00
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