Independence Monument, Phnom Penh

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At the intersection of Norodom and Sihanouk

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    Memorial of War and Independence of Cambodia

    by ErwinKoo Written Mar 11, 2014

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    This monument also known as the victory monument or named Vimean Ekareach, we visited here on January 2014,take some pictures then took off.
    Passed this monument many times during our visit in Phnom Penh city.
    The Monument is located on a busy intersection of Norodom and Sihanouk Boulevard.
    Built from red stone ,designed by the influential Cambodian architect Van Molyvann, in a modern Khmer Architecture.Built in 1958 following the country's independence from French.
    This monument is best seen when lit on Blue Red and White lights during afternoon and night time.

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    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    The Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach) was inaugurated on November 9, 1962 to celebrate the independence from the French in 1953, but now also serving as a cenotaph to Cambodia’s war dead. The 20-meter high monument is shaped in the form of a lotus, which also can be seen at Angkor and other Khmer historical sites. You are not allowed to enter the monument. At night it is lit with blue, red and white light (the colours of the national flag) and it should be an impressive sight - but I didn’t see it...

    There is a big open park at the Independence Monument and it seems to be a popular place among the locals.

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    The Independence Monument

    by DaHongHua Updated Jan 31, 2013

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    The road is wide, the traffic is always busy
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    When you are in Phnom Penh, you will pass by the monument many times, when you go to the palace, the silver pagoda, the river side, the casino. If you are not hurry, do stop by at different times to capture some smiling faces and Cambodian activities. Go closser to the monument, they are all 100 Naga, on every tiers, they are 20 Naga facing to all angles safeguarding Cambodian people and its visitors. As a tourist, I found difficult to cross to the centre as the traffic are always busy at this round about.

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    by theguardianangel Written Nov 17, 2012

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    Independence Monument is situated in the intersections of Norodom and Sihanouk Boulevards. It’s in the middle of the road so just a quick take of the picture is necessary. During national celebrations, this structure is the center of activity. The monument is more beautiful to see at night.

    We had a quick look of the monument but unfortunately it’s under construction at that time.

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    by cal6060 Updated Sep 7, 2012

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    Independence Monument was built in 1958 to commemorate the Cambodia independence from the French Colonization in 1953. It was designed by Cambodia modern architect Vann Molyvann. The brown color monument has a lotus flower bud shape with 5 layers of of decorative Naga heads (multi head cobras). Its style is similar to those Khmer architectural temple in Angkor Wat. It is located at intersection of the two main roads, Sihanouk Blvd and Norodom Blvd. The monument is standing on a roundabout. You can visit nearby colonial buildings like the Cambodia National Commission for UNESCO is around the corner, or nearby traditional Cambodia temples, Wat Lanka. East of Sinanouk Blvd would be the best place to have a good look of the monument with a park with two fountains, one lotus fountain and Naga heads fountain.

    If you walk further East, you will see Statue of Samdach Chuon Nath.

    Cambodians celebrates their independence day (January 7) and Constitution Day (September 24) here. During my visit, there were welcoming sign and flags to welcome Vietnam's Prime Minister to visit Phnom Penh.

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    by davidjo Written May 21, 2012

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    I think if i visited PP again i would give this monument a miss as we walked from the Royal Palace along a busy road in the heat of the day. It is also referred to Victory Monument and was built in 1958 after the French colonists left. The monument is modelled on an Angkor ruin and is in the middle of a roundabout.

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    by ancient_traveler Written Mar 24, 2012

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    The Independence Monument

    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.

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    by kelnsha Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Independenc or Victory Monument
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    Modelled on Angkor Wat's central tower. It was built in 1958 to commemorate the country's independence from France in 1953. It also serves as a memorial to Cambodia's war dead and is sometimes referred as the Victory Monument.

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    by Cathy&Gary Updated Mar 19, 2011

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    The Independence Monument was inaugurated in 1958 to celebrate Cambodia's independence from foreign rule and now it also serves as a monument to Cambodia's war dead.

    At night the monument is illuminated by red, blue and white floodlights, the colors of the Cambodian flag.

    It is the site of celebrations and services on holidays such as Independence Day and Constitution Day.

    Trespassing onto the monument is illegal (sometimes).

    The best view is from across the street.

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    Also known as the Victory Monument

    by Willettsworld Written May 2, 2010

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    Also known as the Victory Monument, this Vann Molyvann-designed reddish-brown coloured edifice was built in 1958 to celebrate independence from the French and as a memorial to Cambodia's war dead. It stands on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the centre of Phnom Penh's largest roundabout. 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.

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    by AlbuqRay Updated Apr 9, 2009

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    The Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach) in Phnom Penh is a lotus-shaped stupa. The monument was built in 1958 to commemorate Cambodia's independence from France, which was granted in 1953 following Sihanouk's declaration of a "royal crusade for independence." Today the monument serves as a memorial to Cambodia's war dead. It is located at the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the center of the city. The monument was designed by the influential Cambodian modern architect, Vann Molyvann, and built in the Angkorian style with five levels decorated by 100 snake heads.

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    Independence Monument

    by kenningst Written May 28, 2008

    Smacked right at the corner of Norodom and Sihanouk Blvd, this piece of landmark is hard to miss. I took a nice picture of this piece but be careful because it is located in the middle of a roundabout.

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    by Tedsocoa Written Apr 1, 2008

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    When walking around in the city of Phnom Penh, have a look on the Independence Monument,10 minutes walking behind the Royal Palace.
    It is surrounded by very large parcs and fountains and the monument itself is not the most impressive in the city.

    I was walking there on the Independence Day ( 9th of November) and there was a ceremony going on. After this you can walk back direction Tonle Sap River towards the Baodhist Institute and the National Assembly.
    In the evening there are many foodstands along the sidewalks and many people are sitting down on bambou mats to have a real Kmer snack and they are enjoying the warl evenings.

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    Independence Monument

    by Penelope4 Updated Jan 25, 2008

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    This high-profile monument is in the middle of a busy roundabout. Your Tuk-tuk driver should park his vehicle when you're taking picture (accident-prone area, you see). The monument is the centre of activities every November 9 when Cambodians celebrate Independence Day. They have gained their independence from the French on November 9, 1953. It will be nice to go and see it, if you happen to be there on November 9, because a dignitary will put up a ceremonial flame (I can imagine, just like at the opening of the Olympics Games) and it will be decorated with flowers. During the rest of the year, just be careful and take a picture at the roadside because there's really nothing going on.

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    Huge Bamboo Shoot

    by runwitme Updated Dec 28, 2006

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    The Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, was built in 1958 following the country's independence from France. It stands on the intersection of Norodom and Sihanouk Boulevards 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.

    To me, it looks like a huge bamboo shoot from a distance. Heheh!

    There were many just-married couples having their photographs taken in the park in front of the monument.

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