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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  • The monument is supposed to mean a lot to Cambodia but it didn't show any specific sign or any description about how important it is. It seems like just a big monument in the middle of the road and pe...  more »
  • This monument was built in 1958 to celbrate the independence of Cambodia from French rule. Since it is iconic in Phnom Penh, it is worth a picture and short stop.  more »
  • It's good to see the illuminated night but does not really require a move, you can also see a tuk tuk
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  • Would be beautiful to visit at night. However, we visited this during the day. Still a great monument to drive or walk around. This was a significant moment in time when Cambodia gained independence in 1953.
  • Impressive monument - worth a look. I'd recommend you go on a city tour or with a guidebook so that you get some of the history at the same time - the monument itself is not something that would take more than a couple of minutes to take in.
  • វិមានឯករាជ្យរាជធានីភ្នំពេញត្រូវបានកសាងឡើងនៅឆ្នាំ 1958 ដើម្បីរំលឹកឯករាជ្យជាតិកម្ពុជាពីបារាំងក្នុងឆ្នាំ 1953 ។ ទីក្រុង។ វាស្ថិតនៅក្នុងទម្រង់នៃចេតិយរាងផ្កាឈូករ័ត្នដែលមានរចនាប័ទ្មដែលឃើញនៅប្រាសាទខ្មែរនៅបន្ទាយស្រីនិងតំបន់ប្រវត្តិសាស្រ្តខ្មែរ។ [1] វិមានឯករាជ្យត្រូវបានរចនាដោយស្ថាបត្យករកម្ពុជាវណ្ណម៉ូលីវណ្ណ។ ក្នុងអំឡុងពេលប្រារព្ធពិធីបុណ្យជាតិវិមានឯករាជ្យគឺជាមជ្ឈមណ្ឌលនៃសកម្មភាព។ ភ្លើងបំភ្លឺនៅលើជញ្ជាំងខាងក្នុងត្រូវបានដុតដោយមន្ត្រីរាជវង្សឬមន្ត្រីជាន់ខ្ពស់នៅលើឱកាសទាំងនេះហើយការជប់លៀងផ្កាថ្មឈរលើជណ្តើរ។ ជារៀងរាល់ឆ្នាំវិមានឯករាជ្យត្រូវបានទៅទស្សនាដោយជនបរទេសនិងអ្នកស្រុកដូចគ្នា។ នៅពីក្រោយវិមាននេះគឺជាពិធីបុណ្យអនុស្សាវរីយ៍នរោត្តមសីហនុដែលបានកសាងនៅឆ្នាំ 2013 ។ The Independence Monument (Khmer: វិមានឯករាជ្យ, "Vimean Ekareach") in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, was built in 1958 to memorialize Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. It stands on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the centre of the city. It is in the form of a lotus-shaped stupa, of the style seen at the Khmer temple at Banteay Srei and other Khmer historical sites.[1] The Independence Monument was designed by the Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann. During national celebrations, The Independence Monument is the center of activity. A ceremonial flame on the interior pedestal is often lit by a royal or high official on these occasions, and floral tributes line the stairs. Every year, The Independence Monument is visited by foreigners and locals alike. Behind the monument is the Norodom Sihanouk Memorial, constructed in 2013.
  • Looks beautiful in the night! So much light! We have been there at the Water Days Holiday with so big party, fireworks and amazing good food! Friendly people, happy country i like them! I could come back right now!
  • Average khmer tourist location. Worth a quick visit. Better check the North Korean embassy and read the plaque.

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