The Independence Monument (Khmer: វិមានឯករាជ្យ [ʋimiən ʔaekariəc]) in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, was built in 1958 to memorialise Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. 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 Khmer temple at Banteay Srei and other Khmer historical sites. The Independence Monument was designed by the Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann, who was “personally selected and instructed” by Prince Norodom Sihanouk on how it should look like, combining “the religious and the secular.” It stands 37 metres tall.
During national celebrations, the Independence Monument is the centre 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 foreign tourists and locals alike. Behind the monument is the Norodom Sihanouk Memorial, constructed in 2013.
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Tejaswi Bhat | Mar 2, 2018
Very big monument with a large walkway right opposite to it. It's in the middle of a busy roundabout so you can't go close to it and see. You can still take pictures from the other side of the road. Opposite to it there a large walkway where you can see lots of people playing and jogging. Good place to see in the evening, plus there are lots of cafes around if you want to grab a bite.
Royce | Feb 19, 2018
Would be beautiful to visit at night. However, we visited this during the day. Still a great monument to drive or walk around. This was a significant moment in time when Cambodia gained independence in 1953.
Jan Torfs | Mar 3, 2018
The Independence Monument was built in 1958 in order to remember the gain of independence from France in 1953.The monument is huge and you can walk or drive around. Avoid the traffic hours as it is a very busy area.
David Hennessy | Feb 7, 2018
Impressive monument - worth a look. I'd recommend you go on a city tour or with a guidebook so that you get some of the history at the same time - the monument itself is not something that would take more than a couple of minutes to take in.
Tessa Horl | Dec 14, 2017
វិមានឯករាជ្យរាជធានីភ្នំពេញត្រូវបានកសាងឡើងនៅឆ្នាំ 1958 ដើម្បីរំលឹកឯករាជ្យជាតិកម្ពុជាពីបារាំងក្នុងឆ្នាំ 1953 ។ ទីក្រុង។ វាស្ថិតនៅក្នុងទម្រង់នៃចេតិយរាងផ្កាឈូករ័ត្នដែលមានរចនាប័ទ្មដែលឃើញនៅប្រាសាទខ្មែរនៅបន្ទាយស្រីនិងតំបន់ប្រវត្តិសាស្រ្តខ្មែរ។  វិមានឯករាជ្យត្រូវបានរចនាដោយស្ថាបត្យករកម្ពុជាវណ្ណម៉ូលីវណ្ណ។ ក្នុងអំឡុងពេលប្រារព្ធពិធីបុណ្យជាតិវិមានឯករាជ្យគឺជាមជ្ឈមណ្ឌលនៃសកម្មភាព។ ភ្លើងបំភ្លឺនៅលើជញ្ជាំងខាងក្នុងត្រូវបានដុតដោយមន្ត្រីរាជវង្សឬមន្ត្រីជាន់ខ្ពស់នៅលើឱកាសទាំងនេះហើយការជប់លៀងផ្កាថ្មឈរលើជណ្តើរ។ ជារៀងរាល់ឆ្នាំវិមានឯករាជ្យត្រូវបានទៅទស្សនាដោយជនបរទេសនិងអ្នកស្រុកដូចគ្នា។ នៅពីក្រោយវិមាននេះគឺជាពិធីបុណ្យអនុស្សាវរីយ៍នរោត្តមសីហនុដែលបានកសាងនៅឆ្នាំ 2013 ។ The Independence Monument (Khmer: វិមានឯករាជ្យ, "Vimean Ekareach") in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, was built in 1958 to memorialize Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. 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 Khmer temple at Banteay Srei and other Khmer historical sites. The Independence Monument was designed by the Cambodian 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. Behind the monument is the Norodom Sihanouk Memorial, constructed in 2013.
Asti Zuhrah | Mar 26, 2018
The night view is fantastic. You can experience it to the fullest if you park you vehicle aside and start walking instead. There is park nearby so you can exercise and you can walk around to shop too.
A J | Mar 24, 2018
Beautiful monument, bigger than I thought, but unfortunately you cannot step around it of through it like before. It's guarded up so you can only see it from the park view or you can ask your tuktuk driver to drive around it for you to take pictures lol
Nei Nei | Mar 29, 2018
We just passed by this landmark while boarding the Giant Ibis bus.. it looks beautiful at night maybe becoz of the lighting...
FriendlyM G | Apr 25, 2018
The Icon of Phnom Penh. Its an Independence monument. Very photogenic and nicely Architectured. A must visit attraction of Phnom Penh
Aulina isva | May 12, 2018
In my 2nd visit to Phnom Penh I finally made my time to take a stroll to Independence Monument and it was evening. Turned out it was worth the time. The lights themselves are already a great view in the evening. The park near the monument is also so spacious that you can walk and jog conveniently. PP is so hot during the day so probably going there in the evening is an option
Wan Juanes | May 31, 2018
Once you drive pass it then there’s pretty much it.
pisey pinmanith | May 28, 2018
The best architecture design. LOVE
tatt | Jun 29, 2018
There are several monument. All are aligned in a straight line. Awesome night view. But please beware, because this place is full of theif and snatcher. My friend's bag got snatched but a motor. Please be careful of this.
Sothea ស្រី | Jul 11, 2018
One of the greatest places to remind us of how we get this far since the French Protection in 1952.
atishay jain | Jun 15, 2018
A good place to hangout at night. It's busy and main square. Well there is no place to sit (seems like a strategy of local govt )but it looks good at night.
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