Independence Monument, Phnom Penh Overview

The Independence Monument is located in the heart of the city in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Built to commemorate the country's independence from France, it is one of the iconic landmarks popular among the locals and the tourists. It is worth checking out this uniquely built lotus-shaped stupa monument featuring traditional Khmer architecture while exploring Phnom Penh.

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Independence Monument History & Significance

The monument was built in 1958 to celebrate Cambodia's independence from France colonization on 9th November 1953. This 37-meter tall tower was designed by the country's famous architect Vann Molyvann. Located at the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the centre of the city, it is one of the major landmarks for tourists and locals visiting Phnom Penh, due to its distinct design. Inspired by the traditional Khmer architecture, the monument is in the form of a lotus-shaped stupa similar to the ones seen in the temple at Banteay Srei and other historical Angkor sites. It is also a memorial dedicated to the Cambodian soldiers who died in the many wars.

Independence day celebrations in Phnom Penh

The Independence monument is the central venue for celebrating important national holidays like Independence Day and the Constitution day, during which the leaders gather to hoist the national flag followed by parades and processions. On these days, a member of the royal family or a high ranking government official lit a ceremonial flame on the interior of the pedestal of the monument, which is also decorated with flowers. At night, the independence monument looks lovely when it is lit with a combination of blue, red and white lights - the colours of the Cambodian national flag.

There is a large public park with seasonal flowers and many fountains, which is a famous hangout spot for the locals who picnic here during the holidays and weekends.

How To Reach Independence Monument

The Independence monument is located in the city centre of Phnom Penh and can be easily reached within 20 minutes on foot. If you are coming from the Royal Palace, it takes about 10 minutes. You can also arrive by hiring a motorbike for about 10 USD per day or by renting a Tuk-Tuk for about 6USD for a round trip that can be shared as well.

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