Independence Monument (Cambodia)

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Independence Monument
Sangkat Tonle Basak, Phnom Penh 12301, Cambodia - panoramio (7).jpg
Independence Monument at night
Coordinates 11°33′23″N 104°55′41″E / 11.5564°N 104.9281°E / 11.5564; 104.9281Coordinates: 11°33′23″N 104°55′41″E / 11.5564°N 104.9281°E / 11.5564; 104.9281
Location Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Designer Vann Molyvann
Height 20 metres (66 ft)
Beginning date 1958
Opening date 1962
Dedicated to Independence from France
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lays wreaths at the Independence Monument

The Independence Monument (Khmer: វិមានឯករាជ្យ, "Vimean Ekareach") in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, was built in 1958 to memorialize 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 Khmer temple at Banteay Srei and other Khmer historical sites.[1] The Independence Monument was designed by the Cambodian 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 floral tributes line the stairs. Every year, The Independence Monument is visited by foreigners and locals alike. Behind the monument is the Norodom Sihanouk Memorial, constructed in 2013.

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  1. ^ "The enigma of the Independence Monument". Phnom Penh Post. 7 November 2003. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 

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