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Independence Monument, Phnom Penh

(3.2/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
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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  • It is almost impossible to write a review about what is essentially a monument in the middle of a pleasant garden. Our tour bus stopped for 2 minutes to give us a chance to photograph it. 
  • Good place for a photograph. More beautiful at night. Has a small park to stroll. Right in the centre so comes with lots of traffic. 
  • We only spent a short time here while passing by in a tuk tuk. It's a nice area for taking pictures and a good area for stretching your legs and sitting among some greenery in a very busy city. The to...  more »
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  • Beautiful area of Phnom Penh. Great breeze from the river. The monument itself is a sight to see, but the garden walk is a wonderful place to exercise especially in the evening. Soccer, badminton, and other sports are often in abundance.
  • This is a statue of Cambodia Independent from France. King Norodom Sihanuk brought this to us. Along this monument there is a long park for the people to relax and doing exercise every evening and early morning.
  • The monument was build since 1958 by the most famous architect in Cambodia. We can enjoy taking photo of the great master piece in the city. The best time is in the morning, evening and during the night time. Guess how many dragons' heads on the top of the monument? enjoy counting it.
  • Amazing architecture where you can ask tuk tuk to passby especially at night
  • The nice place for expats and local visit and enjoy every evening