Thought Catalog

The world is a big, big place. There are many places that have storied pasts that come back to remind us that they are still here. Some of us are brave enough to go visit and sometimes, we come back with more than just a series of pictures and chills down our backs.

1. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Cambodia

Located in Phnom Penh, this museum used to be a high school — which had been converted into a security prison by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. The notorious Security Prison 21 (also called Tuol Sleng) was built within the high school — its structures converted into cells for inmates.

For a period of just four years (1975 to 1979), an estimated 17,000 people were held in S-21. Some estimate the number to be as high as 20,000, but the real number is mystery.

Prisoners were tortured repeatedly into naming associates…

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