Khmer Rouge Sites in Phnom Penh

By Viator, July 2015

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Between 1975 and 1979 the Khmer Rouge, lead by the notorious Pol Pot, ruled the once peaceful country of Cambodia. Today, its regime is remembered for inhumane acts of torture, mass killings, and the orchestration of a national genocide. While the country has made serious strides towards rebuilding and repair, a difficult past is not forgotten. Visitors to Phnom Penh can spend a day—or even a few—traveling to memorial sites, mass graves and abandoned prisons, paying homage to the lives lost and a time in history that will hopefully never be repeated.

Choeung Ek Killing Field
Made famous in a movie by the same name, this mass grave on the outskirts of Phnom Penh’s city center is the final resting place for more than some 17,000 killed by the Khmer Rouge.

Royal Palace
Explore the grounds of the Royal Palace. Here, visitors can get a real sense of Khmer culture and history wander through the Silver Pagoda, Chan Chhaya Pavilion and the Khemarin Palace.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
The Khmer Rouge transformed this former high school into a prison in 1975. One of the regime’s more than 150 death factories, some 17,000 Cambodians were tortured and killed on the grounds here.

National Museum
The National Museum may not land on the traditional list of Khmer sites, but this impressive museum houses one of the world’s largest collections of Khmer art in the world. It offers a different look at the history of the Pol Pot rule.

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Phnom Penh Hop On Hop Off

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore Phnom Penh city with this air-conditioned Shuttle Bus! Visit the must-see sites such as Killing Fields and Prison S21 on a safe, comfy & clean ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $15.00

5-Night Cambodia Tour to Angkor Wat from Phnom Penh by Air

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This comprehensive introduction to Cambodia takes you to sites that reveal the country's tragic recent history and the inspiring UNESCO World Heritage-listed ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $1,125.00

Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields

4.5 star rating: Recommended 76 Reviews

Discover the history and horror of Phnom Penh’s past on this half-day, small-group tour. Follow the path of one of the most tragic times of the 20th century – ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.00

Private Tour: Phnom Penh City Tour including the Silver Pagoda

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore Phnom Penh on this full-day private tour, takes in some of Cambodia's finest pieces of Khmer and French influences with visits in the morning to the ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00

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