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Independence Monument, Phnom Penh

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An impressive landmark of Phnom Penh, Independence Monument commemorates Cambodia’s patriots and war victims in the central part of the city. Featured on the 100 riel banknote, this impressive 20 m (66 ft) tall lotus-shaped structure takes after Angkor Wat, celebrating the country’s independence from foreign rule. Erected in 1962, with carved multi-headed "Naga" snakes bursting out of the corners of lotus petals, this red-brown stone monument stands as the centerpiece of a roundabout surrounded by a large park area. The ignition of a flame under the arch and frequent flower-laying ceremonies take place at the site. Get a close-up view of the guards by foot, or admire this well-lit, majestic structure at night from afar. By using our Phnom Penh tour planner, you can arrange your visit to Independence Monument and other attractions in Phnom Penh.
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Phnom Penh offers an impressive selection of accommodations, from budget-friendly guesthouses and economy hotels, to four- and five-star establishments charging steep prices for a blend of traditional hospitality and modern luxury. For most visitors on a limited budget, private guesthouses remain the best option, providing clean and comfortable rooms near the city's major attractions. Many cater specifically to foreign backpackers, featuring rooftop bars and offering nightly entertainment and organized activities.
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  • History Monument in heart of city, stand in middle of beautiful place around by relaxation garden. Independence monument very greatest designed idea.  more »
  • The carving is great and it looks awesome at night but its located in the centre of the a median strip down the centre of a major road. You can see it from the tuk tuk or car and also from the many ro...  more »
  • It is a big monument in the middle of a big roundabout, not much more than that. It certainly is a landmark in Phnom Penh, but it is not a "visitable" place, just a pass by spot. The boulevard at Prea...  more »
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  • The Independent monument is located in the city center with heavy traffic from all sides. It is a beautiful monument that took 9 years to bring to completion after Cambodia independence from France. No one knows why it took such a long time. It looks good in the morning, afternoon and night - close up or from afar. This monument showcase the Cambodian talent for creating a masterpiece. Definitely worth a visit.
  • The Independent monument is located in the city center with heavy traffic from all sides. It is a beautiful monument that took 9 years to bring to completion after Cambodia independence from France. No one knows why it took such a long time. It looks good in the morning, afternoon and night - close up or from afar. This monument showcase the Cambodian talent for creating a masterpiece. Definitely worth a visit.
  • A stunning historical building sitting just in the center of Phnom Penh. If you come to Phnom Penh 99% you will see it.
  • This place is very important for all of Cambodian.
  • Nice spot to take photo, one of the town iconic. You can find the independent monument on 100 Riel Bill