Independence Monument
Independence Monument
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This obelisk commemorates Cambodia's freedom from France in 1953.
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Sherpa591575
Phnom Penh, Cambodia147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
This stylish monument, erected in 1958, commemorates Cambodia’s independence from France in 1953. At 37 meters in height it stands in the center of a traffic circle where Norodom Blvd. crosses Sihanouk Blvd. It forms the center piece for various major celebrations throughout the year and at such times is decorated by many flowers. Getting close to the monument when celebrations are taking place is virtually impossible for understandable reasons of security.
At most other times it is accessible but crossing the busy roads can be problematic, just take great care.
I consider that the best photographs are taken in the evening when the monument is illuminated. Like-wise with the rather handsome King Norodom Sihanouk memorial which records his is death in 2012. This is a very short walk heading east but you cannot fail to see it with its a grand statue of the late King at its center.
There many restaurants, hotels & ATM’s in this area.
Written August 15, 2020
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Roberta Y
Lafayette, California, United States114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This striking monument was built in 1958 to memorialize Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. Designed by Vann Molyvann, a Cambodian architect who studied in France and was a big deal during his time. He was the Minister of Education and luckily went to Switzerland during the Pol Pot tryanny. A shout out to my favorite who drove me past this monument. Hire "Taxi Tom", +855 93652220, taxi.tom341@gmail.com
Written January 31, 2020
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Bj L
Surfers Paradise, Australia1,322 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The architecture is impressive and this is a free attraction and can be seen from many angles and areas. If you are in the area its worth taking a look at and grabbing a few photos.

It looks quite different at night but is also worthy of photos day or night.
Written June 6, 2020
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JMB50
Sprowston, UK427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
It doesn't take too long to visit here but it can be quite noisy as traffic passes on both sides of the monument. I would recommend visiting early in the day as it can be hot and there is no shelter. At night it also looks impressive as it is well lit and a nice area to stroll around.
Written March 10, 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada4,989 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Independence Monument stand in the heart of the City. It is in the middle of a large round about so we never made it fully over to its but armoire it from a distance. It was built in 1958 to Symbolize Cambodian Independence Day. We went for a walk on a Tuesday evening and were surprised that there were mostly locals there. Seemed like it would be a high tourist spot. A ladies dance group and people playing something like hackie-sac and beautiful fountains. It was a really fun spot to sit, enjoy and people watch. Great place to spend the evening.
Written May 24, 2020
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Phillip S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This was designed by renowned Khmer architect Vann Molyvann. Built in 1958 to celebrate the Cambodia Independence from France in 1953. It's in a roundabout at the intersection of two major streets so it's impossible to miss. Most people just drive by because there's no parking area near it.The pulsating colored lights and fountains around it are interesting and some might want to take photos of it when it is floodlit at night.
Written February 2, 2020
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Pietro M
Phnom Penh, Cambodia110 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
From a historical standpoint this is an important piece of Cambodia's history, although once you get past that you aren't going to be spending very much time here.

What I will say is that during the evening and night it's a very nice place to go for a jog or just walk with friends and family. The reason it has a lower score though is that it's not very accessible due to the busy intersections it is in the middle of, as well as the fact that a evening / night walk along Riverside is just as nice and way more accessible.
Written June 15, 2022
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TheLush101
Cardiff, UK2,213 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
This wasn’t too far from where I was staying so I checked it out. As previous reviewers have said, it’s on a busy roundabout (think a bit like the Arc de Triomphe).

Some of the photos people have uploaded are for the very close by, but different, statue of ‘the father king’. The Independence Monument doesn’t feature a person.

Wouldn’t say that you should go out of your way to see if, but if you’re near the river, it’s worth a quick stop for a photo or two.
Written December 22, 2023
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Aggie in Texas
53 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I wouldn’t make a special trip out to see this. It is far from most other sites but near Royal Palace. We just had our touk touk driver stop for 5 minutes so we could take a picture. Very busy circular driveway similar to the Arc de Triompe.
Written February 1, 2020
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Sofy Halim Tour
Phnom Penh, Cambodia17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Business
Independent Monument Was Built In 1958 to Sybilles Cambodian Independence Day After Winning Back Their Independence From The French Protectorate On The 9Th Of November 1953. The Monument attracts many tourists for its peculiar looking but unique style distinguishes it from all the buildings in the city. It is also used as a memorial place dedicated to the Cambodian's patriot who died for the country.
Written February 3, 2020
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