Independence Monument (Cambodia)

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This is another one of Phnom Penh landmarks of the Sihanouk era built by the premier public works private enterprise, called Les Entreprises Chrun You Hak, which also donated the Chrun You Hak street to the Khmer Government in the 60's.

Independence Monument
Independence Monument on 100 riel banknote
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lays wreaths at the Independence Monument

The Independence Monument (Khmer: វិមានឯករាជ្យ, "Vimean Akareach") in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, was built in 1958 for Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. It stands on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the centre of the city. It is in the form of a lotus-shaped stupa, of the style seen at the great Khmer temple at Angkor Wat and other Khmer historical sites. The Independence Monument was designed by the influential Cambodian modern architect Vann Molyvann.

During national celebrations, The Independence Monument is the center of activity. A ceremonial flame on the interior pedestal is often lit by a royal or high official on these occasions, and flo

ral tributes line the stairs. Every year, The Independence Monument is visited by foreigners and locals alike.

Behind the monument is the newly constructed Statue of Norodom Sihanouk.

Coordinates: 11°33′23″N 104°55′41″E / 11.5564°N 104.9281°E / 11.5564; 104.9281