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 Kingdom2,219 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
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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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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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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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DotsGirl2
Vancouver, Canada450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We stopped here very briefly ad our guide explained the history and meaning of the monument. It is an impressive landmark
Written 1 February 2024
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mrc282
World8,293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
the Independence Monument serves as a roundabout for the cars, but you can walk to it as the traffic isnt too crazy.

after that, you can continue your stroll to Norodom Sihanouk Memorial and Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument
Written 3 January 2024
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TheLush101
Cardiff, UK2,219 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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

jebuc
Wombourne, UK421 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We stopped off while having tuk tuk tour in evening. Not crowded and worth a visit.
Surrounding areas were nice and lots of Christmas lights.
Written 16 December 2023
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1avdtraveler
Toronto, Canada270 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
Busy with lots of vendors everywhere. It is a nice monument but not necessarily a must see. There are lots of other things you must do before this one.
Written 30 August 2023
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Kay F
Liverpool, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
this statue is a former king of Cambodia and it was built after Franch gave a full dependence to Cambodia
Written 23 July 2023
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Pietro M
Phnom Penh, Cambodia110 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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