If the Angkorian kings sought to create heaven on earth through their construction of Angkor Wat
and other marvelous temples, some centuries later the Khmer Rouge managed to achieve the opposite, the creation of what can only be described as a living version of hell, imposed unwillingly on the Cambodian people. To understand how this could occur, a brief review of history is necessary.
The museum currently tucked away in Toul Svay Prey small neighborhood in the south of Phnom Penh and pretty inept with the surrounding landscape because it is too old and poor to the barbed wire fence surrounding it.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21 Prison) Hell on earth in Cambodia 28Historically, before becoming a concentration camp strains Pol Pot regime, Tuol Sleng was a high school star. By 1975, the school was converted into a name: Security Prison S21.
In the 4 years from 1975 to 1979, prison holding about 20,000 people. Those detained here as workers, farmers, engineers, mechanics, intellectual citizens, teachers, professors, students, and even Ddiplomatic staff and foreign citizens.
Not only that, if the prisoners are members of Cambodia, the entire family, including newborn children were also taken into custody in prison. From a distance, this prison no different from normal schools. The area includes a school includes 3 blocks adjacent three floors, the front is the playground.
When you go inside, visitors feel very cold by new clear this is a true prison. This house was renovated, build electric fences, hallways of the 3 floors are steel wire tight budget. Even the entrance, the museum signboards “No Smile”.
At the first floor, more than two-thirds of the rooms were built and prevent cell into long rows, close together, very and overcast and all in darkness.
The remaining one-third of prisoners photo gallery of all sizes while imprisoned and tortured by the Pol Pot genocidal regime. All are portraits and black and white. Reportedly, the photos were done prison guards.
In addition to the jail and the victim image, the prison still retain these instruments, the paintings in order to reconstruct the history and help guests have a more comprehensive look. One of the forms of torture at S21 is pulled fingernails, pulled toenails, poured acid, use the ax to beat prisoners.
The victim’s blood stains still bold on the floor, walls and ceiling. One of the common forms of torture at S21 is pulled fingernails, toenails; poured acid on the face, chest to drop centipede cut, hammer, ax, whip beating … The blood shot out of the victim is still in bold on the floor, walls and ceiling.
Although Prison S21 attract a lot of tourists in the world, but no less tourists are still reluctant to step into the sights of this too gruesome.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is open to the public every day of the week on schedule from 7:30 to 17:30.