(VIDEO) Tuol Sleng – Phnom Penh, Cambodia Ep.4 (1/2)

After our up and down trip through Laos – we headed down to Cambodia and to the capital of Phnom Penh. Cambodia has had a really dark and painful recent history, so while in Phnom Penh we decided to visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

Tuol Sleng was a former high school which was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge communist regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979.

Click below to watch the video:

Next week we will post part2 in which we visit the wonderful BUT tourist crazy Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

14 Responses to (VIDEO) Tuol Sleng – Phnom Penh, Cambodia Ep.4 (1/2)

  1. Sandra March 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    WOW, that was a heartbreaking and eye-opening episode Sofia. thank you for sharing this with us, and showing what happened there!

    • Sofia - As We Travel March 7, 2011 at 1:48 am #

      Hey Sandra, yes that was a really hard episode to do – so sad and messed up what happened to the people of Cambodia during that time.

  2. Andi Perullo March 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    I had to pause this video several times, as I kept tearing up. This was so powerful to watch and you did such a good job of shining light on this part of history. I hope lots of people see this, so that they can become more aware. <3

    • Sofia - As We Travel March 7, 2011 at 1:50 am #

      Thanks for the lovely comment Andi – even after watching 20+ times I still feel so sad thinking about what happened there not that long ago … :(

  3. Niclas March 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Thank you for bringing light on this diffcult issue on such a personal level – brave!

    • Sofia - As We Travel March 7, 2011 at 1:51 am #

      Thanks dad :=) it was hard, but really needed, since in Cambodia they don’t seem to want to deal with it or share what happened there.

  4. Ordinary Traveler March 6, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    What an intense video. Great job for shining light on this so that people can realize there is more to Cambodia than Angkor Wat.

    • Sofia - As We Travel March 7, 2011 at 1:53 am #

      Yeah it was a really intense experience – people LOVE the angkor wat period, but like you said there is so much more to Cambodia.

  5. Cat March 15, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    Wow! I see others have reacted like I did. That was a really powerful and intense video. Your emotionally raw portrayal was very well done. I had to look away and fight tears. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Brock G April 13, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your very genuine and honest experience and feelings Sofia. It is one of the few places I’ve visited that left my stomach in actual knots.
    Nathan you edited it together extremely tactfully. Everyone should see this video.

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