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Independence Monument Phnom Penh

Inde­pen­dence Mon­u­ment, or Cam­bo­di­an is called Vimean Ekareach, it’s locat­ed in the heart of Phnom Penh city. Inde­pen­dence Mon­u­ment was pri­mar­i­ly erect­ed to mark the lib­er­a­tion of the coun­try from the French, who ruled Cam­bo­dia for almost a cen­tu­ry from 1863 to 1953. The loca­tion of the Inde­pen­dence Mon­u­ment at the inter­sec­tion of Norodom and Sihanouk Boule­vards in Phnom Penh. [br]

There is a big open park at the Inde­pen­dence Mon­u­ment and it seems to be a pop­u­lar place among the locals. Smacked right at the cor­ner of Norodom and Sihanouk Blvd, this piece of land­mark is hard to miss. I took a nice pic­ture of this piece but be care­ful because it is locat­ed in the mid­dle of a roundabout.

The mon­u­ment was built in 1962 to cel­e­brate Cam­bo­di­a’s inde­pen­dence from the for­eign rule. It also serves as a mon­u­ment to Cam­bo­dias war dead. It is the site for cel­e­bra­tions and ser­vices. When walk­ing around in the city of Phnom Penh, have a look on the Inde­pen­dence Monument,10 min­utes walk­ing behind the Roy­al Palace. [br][br]

It is sur­round­ed by very large parcs and foun­tains and the mon­u­ment itself is not the most impres­sive in the city. The Inde­pen­dence Mon­u­ment in Phnom Penh, cap­i­tal of Cam­bo­dia, was built in 1958 fol­low­ing the coun­try’s inde­pen­dence from France. It stands on the inter­sec­tion of Norodom and Sihanouk Boule­vards in the cen­tre of the city. It is in the form of a lotus-shaped stu­pa, of the style seen at the great Khmer tem­ple at Angkor Wat and oth­er Khmer his­tor­i­cal sites.

The Inde­pen­dence Mon­u­ment was inau­gu­rat­ed in 1958 to cel­e­brate Cam­bo­di­a’s inde­pen­dence from for­eign rule, now it also serves as a mon­u­ment to Cam­bo­di­a’s war dead. At night the mon­u­ment is illu­mi­nat­ed by red, blue and white flood­lights, the col­ors of the Cam­bo­di­an flag. It is the site of cel­e­bra­tions and ser­vices on hol­i­days such as Inde­pen­dence Day and Con­sti­tu­tion Day.