Independence Monument, Phnom Penh

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Independence Monument

Phnom Penh

Modelled on the central tower of Angkor Wat, Independence Monument was built in 1958 to commemorate the country’s independence from France in 1953. It also serves as a memorial to Cambodia’s war dead. Wreaths are laid here on national holidays.

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Nearby Phnom Penh attractions

1. Wat Langka


A colourful Buddhist temple in the heart of the city (near Independence Monument) that was established as a sanctuary for holy writings.

2. Norodom Sihanouk Statue

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This impressive statue shows the legendary former king/prime minister/statesman King Father Norodom Sihanouk, who died a national hero in 2012.

3. Wat Botum

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This Buddhist temple with saffron-coloured robes flapping in the wind is particularly photogenic. It's located opposite Wat Botum Park.

4. Cambodia–Vietnam Friendship Monument

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This optimistically named monument was built to a Vietnamese (and rather communist) design in 1979. Concerts are often held in the park, which springs to…

6. Shrine of King Norodom Suramarit

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This is the shrine of King Norodom Suramarit, the father of King Sihanouk who reigned from 1955 to 1960 following his son's abdication from the throne.

7. Shrine of Princess Kantha Bopha

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This shrine is dedicated to Kantha Bopha, one of former King Father Sihanouk’s daughters, who died of leukemia when she was just four years old. There are…

8. Bell Tower

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The bell of this tower is rung to order the gates of the Royal Palace compound to be opened or closed.