Independence Monument

Attraction City Centre, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
07:00 PM
08:00 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Landmark
Kids
Free
Architecture
Temple & Monument
0.00 USD

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The Independence Monument was inaugurated on November 9, 1962 to celebrate the independence from the French in 1953, but now also serving as a cenotaph to Cambodia’s war dead.

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Why Independence Monument is special ?

The Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach) in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, was built in 1958. 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 great Khmer temple at Angkor Wat and other Khmer historical sites. The Independence Monument was designed by the influential Cambodian modern 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.


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What to explore at Independence Monument?

A stunning illustration of traditional Angkorian architecture, Independence Monument was designed by Vann Molyvann – a distinguished Cambodian architect – in the model of a lotus that largely takes after stupas seen at Angkorian Wat. Perhaps the salient characteristic of this 20-metre tall, reddish-brown stone memorial is the multi-headed snakes that titivate the five levels of lotus bud. Its intricate designs are best highlighted in the late afternoon, as shadow creeps across the floors.


Nevertheless, a real visual treat is at night when the monument as well as its surroundings including the fountain is illuminated by blue, red and white floodlights – the colours that embody the Cambodian flag. Every year, Independence Monument becomes a centre of activities during national festivities such as Independence Day and Constitution Day, falling on November 9th and September 24th respectively.


The ceremonial flame ignited by a royal official in the monument’s interior plinth marks the beginning of the spellbinding national celebrations. War heroes are venerated on this special occasion by placing floral wreaths on the monument’s stairs. On the eastern part of the monument towards the Sihanouk Boulevard is a well-laid open park that is perfect to indulge in a variety of activities such as jogging, walking or simply savouring the cool breezes.


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Selling points

  • “Huge and Grandioso”
  • “Nice place for a picture.”
  • “Imposing Monument !”
  • “Excellent Historical Building”
  • “A Spectacular Sight”
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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
61.41 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Tips for you

  • It is best observed at night time so take a walk and go right up to the structure and read the writings on the monument
    Things to do
  • Visit around sunset an watch the aerobics and tai chi classes starting up
    Things to do
  • Some great foodstalls along the Eastern side. Serving BBQ, papaya salad etc. - delicious and cheap
    Food
  • Be careful of your bike stolen. If your walking farther than a hundred feet from your bike, lock it up.
    Experience
  • It seems to be a popular place among the locals. locals walk around the perimeter to get their exercise on
    Environment
  • It may be difficult to stop and get a decent photo because the roads here are so busy.
    Other
  • That area is lit up by lights at night, and is lined with shops and restaurants
    Things nearby
  • Concerts are often held in the park, which springs to life with aerobics, football and takraw enthusiasts after 5pm.
    Events

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One of the landmark in the city. You can see house of prime minister of Cambodia it's nearby the monument.

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Go there around dawn time for picture,,,,,good

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Большая дура на перекрестке,близко от Королевского дворца и 240 улицы

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If you want see close the monument or make nice pics, come early. Crossing street during traffic time is very dangerous

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A must see.. It's beautiful..

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We rented a moto to go see and take a picture. The base is blocked by a low wall so I don't think they want you walking in there. While taking picture's we parked our moto across the street. While taking four photos a group of teens tried to steal our bike. The monument is great looking in photos. That area is lit up by lights at night, and is lined with shops and restaurants. If your walking farther than a hundred feet from your bike, lock it up. They can steal it in seconds. Its in a neat area, and this monument looks neat.

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Any tuk tuk driver will give you a tour of Phnom Penh in which this is included, if you get a good driver they provide information as you go.

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I like the design and the historical story of it. It's great for night photographers as there are lights around and there is also another great statue of Cambodian late King nearby.

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We rented a moto to go see and take a picture. The base is blocked by a low wall so I don't think they want you walking in there. While taking picture's we parked our moto across the street. While taking four photos a group of teens tried to steal our bike. The monument is great looking in photos. That area is lit up by lights at night, and is lined with shops and restaurants. If your walking farther than a hundred feet from your bike, lock it up. They can steal it in seconds. Its in a neat area, and this monument looks neat.

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One of the landmark in the city. You can see house of prime minister of Cambodia it's nearby the monument.

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