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. Arrange your visit to Independence Monument and discover more family-friendly attractions in Phnom Penh using our Phnom Penh online vacation planner .
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  • As other pointed out this is best seen at night. The city has done a good job using lighting to present this structure with a stunning look.  more »
  • When planning your trip it definitely isn't a must do, but a some stage you might be going past it, so stop and have a look for 5 minutes. There isn't much to see in Phnom Pen so it tends to be on the...  more »
  • No trip to Phnom Penn would be complete without visiting this monument. It is very impressive. What I liked even more was a most curious statue made of cups and saucers in the shape of elephants. It i...  more »
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  • Nice monument with fountains and nearby large grass park area. I do not believe you can currently climb into the monument as it was fenced off during visit. Many people will cross to walk around and nearby monument. Good for photos during the day and has lights at night.
  • Cool place to spend your evening to night. Local people use it to have a little exercise and hanging around. there are so many lamp that make it place feel lively at night. And the coolest, you can enjoy this place with no fees.
  • Beautiful monument located on very beautiful grounds surrounded by traffic on all sides. Great place to relax and take some photos. The intricate carvings on this monument make for great observation. It won't take too long to explore this area, so make sure you stop by!
  • The best place for photo if you have a chance to visit in Phnom Penh. Especially, in the evenings. The light and the view is stunning
  • Quite a bit monument in the middle of a roundabout. So far as I am aware, you cannot currently walk through/ underneath due to bollards. Fancy water fountains turn on about 5pm all the way around it, which looks very nice! Good for photos in any light.
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