Independence Monument in Phnom Penh

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Independence Monument in Phnom Penh
Independence Monument in Phnom Penh

Independence Monument is a Angkorian style tower which attracts many tourists for its peculiar looking but unique style distinguishes it from all the buildings in the city.

History

It was built in 1958 to Sybilles Cambodian Independence Day after winning back their independence from the French protectorate on the 9th of November 1953. It is also used as a memorial place dedicated to the Cambodian’s patriot who died for the country.

Independence Monument
Independence Monument

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What to see

Independence Monument is designed in a Angkorian style, shaped as a lotus-shaped stupa that consists of five levels and every level is decorated with snake heads. The monument is at its most impressive later in the afternoon when the shadows are highlighting the complexity of the design. At night time, the monument is beautifully lit up by red, blue and white floodlights, representing the colors of national flag.

Independence Monument
Independence Monument

You will find Independence in the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the centre of the city. At the 9th of November every year Cambodia celebrates its Independent day, during this celebration the Independence Monument is the center of the activities. A ceremonial flame is lit on pedestal inside the monument by a royal representative or a high official, and floral tributes line the stairs. Walking in the monument is not permitted but its best view from across the street.