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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  • This monument was in the middle of perhaps the busiest roundabout in Phnom Penh. It was a very recognisable landmark, but was extremely difficult to get to on foot, as there were vehicles coming from ...  more »
  • There is not much but just a monument there. The closest attraction is Naga Casino and the Mekong river  more »
  • It's boring in the day light but beautiful in the night light. Don't forget your camera with you! ;)  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

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