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“Not worthy for a special visit”

Independence Monument
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Owner description: This obelisk commemorates Cambodia's freedom from France in 1953.
Reviewed June 23, 2013

If you approach the Royal Palace and other monuments you pass along it. Not worthy for a special visit.

Thank Lisa B
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Not much to say you can view all sides of it in about 4 minutes
best to view on the way to visit say palace or museum etc
not the sort of place you would make the main point of a days sight seeing

1  Thank Nathan L
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

The monument is now worth a visit after being carefully re-furbished in last 2 years. It is very Cambodian, lovely dark colors and so well re-decorated/completed for the many thousands of Tourists to visit it.A must on the way for some shopping.

2  Thank TonyNZ01
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

There isn't really much to say about this monument... You can't walk into it, or even on the roundabout it's on. And over the past year it has been in rather continuous state of renovation. It's not really old, so construction-wise it has limited historical value though it is part of the New Khmer Architecture movement.
I don't feel it's particularly pretty, but I guess there is an independence monument in most capitals, and you have to just pass it by to check it off your list of things to see.

After the independence of France, Cambodia had its share of other rulers, and bloody coups. Even current-day Cambodia can at best be called a one-party democracy (which in practice equals authoritarian rule). We can only hope there will be a TRUE independence and related monument in the future of Cambodia!

If you want to see other work of the architect Vann Molyvann, go to the National Sports Complex / Olympic Stadium. Still nothing really special, but part of the New Khmer Architecture movement. His most famous buildings have already been ripped down by redevelopment...

Thank Dennis_Bours
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Drive around it and take a picture - there is not really much more to do. More historically symbolic (if at all) and not that attractive. During public holidays it gets lit up a bit so looks a bit better.

Thank Change777
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