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- Independence Monument -

 

Independence Monument 
(At the intersection of Norodom and Sihanouk) 
The Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach) was inaugurated in November 9, 1962, celebrating Cambodia’s independence from foreign rule. Renowned Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann was the architect of the monument which is patterned on a lotus flower bud, adorned with Naga heads (multi-headed cobras,) and obviously reminiscent in design of the towers of Angkor Wat. The Independence Monument now also serves as a monument to Cambodia’s war dead as well as her independence. The Independence Monument sit in the center of the traffic circle at the intersection of Norodom Blvd. and Sihanouk Blvd. and is the site of colorful celebrations and services on political holidays such as Independence Day (January 7) and Constitution Day (September 24.) 

Situated on a large roundabout at the junction of two of Phnom Penh’s main streets, Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard, the Independence Monument dominates the skyline. The Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach) was inaugurated in November 9, 1962, celebrating Cambodia’s independence from foreign rule. It is also as a memorial to those who have lost their lives defending the country. Renowned Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann was the architect of the monument which is patterned on a lotus flower bud, adorned with Naga heads (multi-headed cobras,) and obviously reminiscent in design of the towers of Angkor Wat.
The monument is the site of celebrations and services on important public holidays such as Independence Day and Constitution Day.

To the east of the Monument towards the river is one of Phnom Penh’s most popular public parks, with its fountains this is a favourite spot for wedding photos, almost daily there are wedding groups, sometimes queuing up, to have their memorable day photos taken.

The park is a hive of activity come late afternoon, early evening as families come to spend quality time together, and at certain times of the year the sky is dancing with many colourful kites

Middelste toren van de Angkor Wat tempel
The monument is a design of the towers of Angkor Wat

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