Holidays in Independence Monument

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Independence Monument featuring a garden and a 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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Duong Chan Hotel
Duong Chan Hotel
4 out of 5
278, Building 21, Boeun Keng Kang 1, Kham Boeun Keng Kang, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh
Fully refundable
The price is AU$69 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
Located in Chamkar Mon, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Independence Monument. Orussey Market and Central Market ...
Duong Chan Hotel
Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
4 out of 5
10B, St. 264, Sangkat Chaktomok, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$89 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Riverside and Independence Monument. Royal Palace and NagaWorld Casino are also ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (222 reviews)
"Great place to stay, clean room and helpful staffs."

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Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
Lyve Inc Hotel
Lyve Inc Hotel
4 out of 5
26, Street 228 corner 55, Chaktomuch, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$84 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (15 reviews)
Classy and quiet
"Very nice and clean. It was a short stay so did not get a chance to explore the hotel. Quiet and had a great sleep."

Reviewed on 17 Dec. 2020

Lyve Inc Hotel
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Orussey One Boutique
Orussey One Boutique
3.5 out of 5
No. 53, St 63, corner St 184, Sangkat Pshathmey 3, Khan Doun Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$46 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
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Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
4 out of 5
10B, St. 264, Sangkat Chaktomok, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$89 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
Lyve Inc Hotel
Lyve Inc Hotel
4 out of 5
26, Street 228 corner 55, Chaktomuch, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$84 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
Lyve Inc Hotel
Duong Chan Hotel
Duong Chan Hotel
4 out of 5
278, Building 21, Boeun Keng Kang 1, Kham Boeun Keng Kang, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$69 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
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Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh
Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh
4 out of 5
No. 115, St. 214 Corner St. 63, Sangkat BeoungReang, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$160 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
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Baitong Hotel & Resort
Baitong Hotel & Resort
4 out of 5
#210 Street 282, BKK1, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$91 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
Baitong Hotel & Resort
Pavilion
Pavilion
4 out of 5
227, Street 19, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$140 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
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NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex
NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex
5 out of 5
NagaWorld, Samdech Techo Hun Sen Park, Phnom Penh
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Residence 105 Hotel & Apartment
Residence 105 Hotel & Apartment
3.5 out of 5
#79, Street 105, Boeung Keng Kang II, Phnom Penh, Chamkarmon
The price is AU$69 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
Residence 105 Hotel & Apartment
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