Independence Monument, Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Independence Monument, Phnom Penh


The Independence Monument (Khmer: αžœαž·αž˜αžΆαž“αž―αž€αžšαžΆαž‡αŸ’αž™, Vimean Ekareach) 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 β€œpersonally selected and instructed” by Prince Norodom Sihanouk on how it should look like, combining β€œthe religious and the secular.” It stands 37 metres tall.

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