The entrance to the museum is stark and forbidding.
Museum wall and entrance
Once inside, the path initially leads through school rooms turned into cells. The prisoners in this camp were peasants, workers, technicians, engineers, doctors, teachers, students, Buddhist monks, government ministers, soldiers, diplomats, foreigners, and their families, anyone who displeased the regime.
Converted school buildings
Other rooms contain pictures and stories of the people imprisoned here.
Prisoners and their stories
Near the end of the visit, the interrogation rooms display torture instruments used in the camp by the Khmer Rouge.
Instruments of torture
Monument to the victims
Sitting and looking over the buildings, I realize this has been one of the most somber and reflective places I have visited and written about in the blog. The Cambodian government has kept S-21 as a museum for that reason, so that we will all remember what we have seen and join together to never have that happen again.
I leave, still thinking, and walk back through the streets of Phnom Penh.