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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  • August 17, 2017
    There's really nothing special about this monument but I think it's the Khmer style. I've seen other similar around the country  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    There really isn't anything too special. You can photo is from anywhere on the roundabout but you can't get up close unless your driving round the roundabout. Saw it both day and night - both views we...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Located on a roundabout between two of the main avenues of the city. Stupa-shaped and glows at night and gives a fantastic touch to the city
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  • April 30, 2017
    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.
  • February 25, 2017
    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.
  • June 8, 2017
    A stunning historical building sitting just in the center of Phnom Penh. If you come to Phnom Penh 99% you will see it.
  • June 21, 2017
    This place is very important for all of Cambodian.
  • June 14, 2017
    Nice spot to take photo, one of the town iconic. You can find the independent monument on 100 Riel Bill

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