Independence Monument
Independence Monument
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This obelisk commemorates Cambodia's freedom from France in 1953.
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  • TheLush101
    Cardiff, United Kingdom2,398 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Monument
    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.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 December 2023
  • Brian S
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phnom Penh's Majestic Independence Monument
    Very beautiful , we all loved it! Towering proudly in the heart of Phnom Penh, the Independence Monument is a must-see for any visitor. This stunning structure, built in 1958, commemorates Cambodia's independence from France. Designed by renowned architect Vann Molyvann, the monument takes the form of a lotus flower, a sacred symbol in Cambodian culture. The intricate details and reddish-brown stone create a truly captivating sight, especially in the late afternoon light, which is the time we went there! ❤
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 March 2024
  • Michael O
    Miami, Florida20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Phnom Penh's Independence Monument is a stunning 5/5! This 37-meter lotus flower tower beautifully blends Khmer tradition with modern design. It's a central landmark, perfect for soaking in Phnom Penh's energy and history. Don't miss it!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 March 2024
  • David W
    Brisbane, Australia22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Monumental Must-See!
    We stumbled upon this towering beauty while exploring Phnom Penh's city center, and let's just say it stole our hearts (and some camera storage)! The Independence Monument's intricate details had us snapping pics from every angle. It's a true landmark, and we loved learning about Cambodia's fight for independence. If you're in the area, it's a must-visit for a history buff or anyone who appreciates stunning architecture. Bonus points for people-watching and soaking up the lively atmosphere. This place gets a double thumbs up from us!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 March 2024
  • liketravels
    Paris, France9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful monument to learn about the history of Cambodia
    The monument of the independence of Cambodia is beautiful the day and the night. You can't really visit it because it's a roundabout but seeing it in real life is quite appreciable when you come to Cambodia, it's one of the places to absolutely see. I think it is a source of pride for the country, and thanks to this roundabout, one can learn more about the history of Cambodia (when French colonised Cambodia).
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 July 2024
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JMB50
Sprowston, UK393 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 10 March 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada7,057 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 24 May 2020
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Brian S
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Very beautiful , we all loved it!

Towering proudly in the heart of Phnom Penh, the Independence Monument is a must-see for any visitor. This stunning structure, built in 1958, commemorates Cambodia's independence from France.

Designed by renowned architect Vann Molyvann, the monument takes the form of a lotus flower, a sacred symbol in Cambodian culture. The intricate details and reddish-brown stone create a truly captivating sight, especially in the late afternoon light, which is the time we went there! ❤
Written 22 March 2024
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David W
Brisbane, Australia22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We stumbled upon this towering beauty while exploring Phnom Penh's city center, and let's just say it stole our hearts (and some camera storage)! The Independence Monument's intricate details had us snapping pics from every angle.

It's a true landmark, and we loved learning about Cambodia's fight for independence. If you're in the area, it's a must-visit for a history buff or anyone who appreciates stunning architecture. Bonus points for people-watching and soaking up the lively atmosphere.

This place gets a double thumbs up from us!
Written 30 March 2024
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Phillip S
14 contributions
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 2 February 2020
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Michael O
Miami, FL20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Phnom Penh's Independence Monument is a stunning 5/5!
This 37-meter lotus flower tower beautifully blends Khmer tradition with modern design. It's a central landmark, perfect for soaking in Phnom Penh's energy and history. Don't miss it!
Written 24 March 2024
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Pietro M
Phnom Penh, Cambodia422 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 15 June 2022
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TheLush101
Cardiff, UK2,398 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 22 December 2023
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Aggie in Texas
55 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 1 February 2020
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liketravels
Paris, France9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
The monument of the independence of Cambodia is beautiful the day and the night. You can't really visit it because it's a roundabout but seeing it in real life is quite appreciable when you come to Cambodia, it's one of the places to absolutely see.

I think it is a source of pride for the country, and thanks to this roundabout, one can learn more about the history of Cambodia (when French colonised Cambodia).
Written 8 July 2024
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