Independence Monument

Celebrate freedom.

The Independence Monument is a captivating historical site in the heart of Phnom Penh. The structure holds a prominent place in Cambodia’s rich history. Situated at the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard, this iconic monument stands as a testament to Cambodia’s hard-fought independence from French colonial rule in 1953.

Constructed in 1958, these symbols of Freedom soared to an impressive height of 37 meters. Making it a striking landmark visible from various viewing points across the city. Its location in central Phnom Penh, adjacent to the Sihanouk Statue, allows visitors to soak in its grandeur while observing the bustling city life of locals.

However, it’s worth noting that the official ceremony marking the transfer of power from France to Cambodia took place on 9 November 1953 in front of the Royal Palace, marking the peaceful end of 90 years of French domination.

Concept and Design

Independence Monument in Phnom Penh

Independence Monument tells a stunning story of ancient Khmer architecture. Adorned with seven-tiered nagas and finished with crushed red marble, it resembles the color palette of the renowned Banteay Srei temple. The steps and precinct are crafted from elegant grey Chinese marble.

While the flame crowning the monument is a masterpiece crafted by French goldsmiths. The brilliant design of the Independence Monument is credited to Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann. He was personally selected and guided by Prince Norodom Sihanouk.

This design flawlessly blends religious and secular elements, culminating in the lotus-shaped stupa. Which is a symbol of Banteay Srei and other Khmer historical sites.

The best time to visit the Independence Monument

Each year, on the 9th of November, national celebrations are held at the Independence Monument. During these significant events, a ceremonial flame atop the interior pedestal is ignited by a member of the royal family or high-ranking official.

This celebration is a symbol of Cambodia’s enduring spirit of independence. Independence Monument stands as a captivating testament to Cambodia’s history and resilience. As well as inviting visitors to appreciate both its architectural beauty and its historical significance. Make this event one of the best things to do in Phnom Penh.

How to go to Independence Monument

How to go to Independence Monument

Starting from Novotel Phnom Penh BKK 1, a pleasant stroll along St. 51 (Street Pasteur) will lead you to Sihanouk Boulevard. Turn right, and you’ll soon find yourself at the Independence Monument.

While most link the Independence Monument with the stupa at the junction of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard, do not overlook the significance of Norodom Sihanouk.

The place has neighboring architectural elements such as the beautiful naga fountains, lotus flower basins, and the carefully designed boulevard itself.

While you visit this historical landmark, we invite you to experience the comfort and hospitality of Novotel Phnom Penh BKK 1 conveniently located, making it the perfect base to explore the city of Phnom Penh’s rich history and vibrant culture.

After visiting the Independence Monument. Guests can indulge in a culinary journey by savoring the flavors of French-Spain contemporary cuisine with our delightful pintxos. Indulge in a sophisticated high tea experience at Kaixo Bar. Take time to experience the art of Basque cuisine crafted by our talented French Chef at Makila Restaurant.

Whether you’re here for business or leisure, we provide a welcoming retreat where you can unwind and recharge after your adventures.