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Independence Monument

Like a massive lotus blooming from Phnom Penh’s center, this monument is a touching tribute to the country’s independence and to the people who made it possible.

Walk or drive through Phnom Penh and look up; you can’t miss Independence Monument. This eye-catching structure dominates the city center.

Understand the important history of the site. Independence Monument was built in 1958 to commemorate Cambodia’s liberation from French rule. The French protectorate had dominated the country from 1863 to 1953. 

Cambodia’s path to independence was not a smooth one; thousands of patriots died making it happen. This monument also honors the men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country. 

Notice that Independence Monument is reminiscent of a blooming lotus. Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann designed it after the symbolic flower, which is said to represent purity and awakening. You will see the lotus appear in many other Cambodian structures, such as Angkor Wat. 

The monument soars 66 feet (20 meters) in the air. Its reddish-brown stone and curving lines mesh well with traditional Cambodian architecture. Note the many-headed snakes that climb up the levels of the lotus bud. 

Visit during the day to enjoy Independence Monument as a great place for a peaceful rest. You can’t walk inside it, but its shady perimeter is the perfect place to take a break from the glaring sun. At night, the monument lights up in a symphony of colors. Note the red, white and blue floodlights, which represent the Cambodian flag. 

Independence Monument is a gathering place for important national holidays, such as Independence Day on November 9 and Constitution Day on September 24. Attend the parades and special ceremonies taking place here. 

Walk east of the monument toward Sihanouk Boulevard to reach a beautiful park. This perfectly manicured urban oasis is an excellent place to go for a jog or enjoy a relaxing picnic. 

Independence Monument is located at the center of the roundabout where Sihanouk and Norodom boulevards meet. Walk within a few minutes to other famous landmarks including the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom.


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Lyve Inc Hotel $59
Lyve Inc Hotel

Lyve Inc Hotel

26, Street 228 corner 55, Chaktomuch, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Independence Monument, Central Market, and National Museum of Cambodia. Riverside and Royal Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). Phnom Penh Railway Station is 25 minutes by foot.

    Angkor International Hotel $28
    Angkor International Hotel

    Angkor International Hotel

    50, Street 148, Sangkat Phsar Kandal I, Phnom Penh
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this hotel is steps from Kandal Market and Riverside. National Museum of Cambodia and Phnom Penh Night Market are also within 10 minutes. Phnom Penh Railway Station is 19 minutes by foot.

      Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra $184
      Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra

      Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra

      26 Old August Site, Sothearos Boulevard, Phnom Penh
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Phnom Penh hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of AEON Mall and Riverside. Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument and NagaWorld Casino are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Lyve Inc Hotel & Residence $49
        Lyve Inc Hotel & Residence

        Lyve Inc Hotel & Residence

        Building No. 37A, Street 118, Sangkat Mittapheap, Khan 7 Makara, Phnom Penh
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Central Market, Wat Phnom, and Riverside. Phnom Penh Night Market and National Museum of Cambodia are also within 3 mi (5 km). Phnom Penh Railway Station is 17 minutes by foot.

          Phnom Penh Katari Hotel $45
          Phnom Penh Katari Hotel

          Phnom Penh Katari Hotel

          #61, Orknha Chrun Youhak(294), Boeung Keng Kang I, Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Chamkar Mon, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Independence Monument, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and Riverside. NagaWorld Casino and National Museum of Cambodia are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Himawari Hotel Apartments $88
            Himawari Hotel Apartments

            Himawari Hotel Apartments

            313 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Phnom Penh hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Riverside, Silver Pagoda, and Royal Palace. National Museum of Cambodia and Independence Monument are also within 15 minutes.

              Anik Palace Hotel
              Anik Palace Hotel

              Anik Palace Hotel

              House No. 14, Street 278, Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang I, Phnom Penh
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Chamkar Mon, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wat Lang Ka and Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument. Riverside and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Phnom Penh Railway Station is 30 minutes by foot.

                PAVILION $54
                PAVILION

                PAVILION

                227, Street 19, Phnom Penh
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Independence Monument and Riverside. Royal Palace and National Museum of Cambodia are also within 15 minutes.