Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, is the economic, industrial, political and cultural hub of Cambodia. Located along the Mekong, Tolne Sap and Bassac rivers, Phnom Penh is a popular tourist destination in the region, owing to its many historic and architectural attractions, and also due to its scenic beauty. Phnom Penh is also the most populous and developed city of Cambodia.
Of the many architectural and historic attractions of Phnom Penh, one which serves as a symbol of patriotism, freedom and national pride is the Independence Monument. Considered to be an architectural marvel, the Independence Monument of Cambodia has been a landmark which has dazzled tourists and locals alike, due to its grand design, beauty and historic value.
Built in 1958 in order to commemorate Cambodia gaining independence from the French regime, the Independence Monument is a symbol of the nation’s freedom and pride. It also serves as a monument signifying the end of Cambodia’s war, which further enhances its value to the people of Cambodia in terms of peace, harmony, unity and freedom. However, what primarily attracts tourists to this iconic landmark is its sheer grandeur and architectural beauty.
Designed by renowned Cambodian architect; Vann Molyvann, the Independence Monument is designed like a giant lotus shaped stupa, standing 20m tall and constructed of red stone. The top of this monument is decorated with several intricately carved Naga heads, and several other beautiful designs and carvings. The surroundings of this architectural marvel are beautiful and serene making the Independence Monument all the more attractive. At night it is lit up with lights, giving it a serene yet grand appearance, which is truly an amazing sight. The site is also the epicentre of independence celebrations of Cambodia, as many colourful and traditional celebrations take place here. So visit the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh and witness its architectural beauty as well as its grand aura.
An iconic and luxury hotel in Phnom Penh which provides excellent hospitality and service is Raffles Hotel Le Royal. Offering accommodation in a wide range of luxury rooms and suites, the hotel caters to all your needs through its many wellness, business and leisure services and facilities. Raffles Hotel Le Royal is also located in the heart of the city and is in close proximity to several key attractions, which makes it a Phnom Penh hotel which offers comfort as well as convenience.