Independence Monument at Phnom Penh

The Independence Monument in Phnom Penh was built in 1958 to commemorate the proclamation of the independence of Cambodia by King Norodom Sihanouk in 1953.

The monument was destroyed during the Khmer Rouge regime (1975/1979) and subsequently rebuilt. It has become a symbol of the end of the Khmer Rouge regime that was millions of deaths in 4 years.

Now the majority of national festivals that take place at the Independence Monument on Sihanouk Boulevard, the monument is surrounded by a park with fountains and public benches or Phnom Penh residents that meet in the evening to relax this a monument in honor of King Norodom Sihanouk (born 1922, died 2012) has been constructed at the park in 2013.

Created in Phnom Penh by Cambodian architect Vann Molivann in Angkorian style blending the modern and the ancient, the shape of the monument of independence reminiscent of the lotus flower, the monument is decorated on the top part of multi-headed Naga (snake has seven heads).