Naga heads combined with the beauty of a lotus bud makes the Independence Monument an iconic site in the heart of Phnom Penh.
The Independence Monument marks Cambodia’s independence from foreign rule. The 20-metre monument also serves as a memorial to the Cambodian patriots who sacrificed their lives for the country.
Right in the middle of the city centre, the Independence Monument is located at the intersection of Norodom and Sihanouk Boulevard in Phnom Penh.
Opening Days and Hours
The Independence Monument is open 24 hours daily.
Entry Fee and Bookings
How to Get There
Most visitors get to the monument by either tuk-tuks or taxi and en route to visiting other attractions.
The Independence Monument is a good sight-seeing spot for architecture fans and visitors looking for a cultural experience. It suits visitors consisting of small groups of friends, solo travelers, young couples, and backpackers.
Time to Spend
Visitors typically spend about 1 to 2 hours at the monument.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The Independence Monument is particularly crowded on Independence Day (November 9) and Constitution Day (September 24), with most visitors here either early morning or late evening when it is well lit up. To avoid the crowd, it is advised to go any time other than the aforementioned times.
Food stalls offering good, authentic, local cuisine are within walking distance. You may also grab a meal at one of the cafés and bistros nearby.
Safety and Fraud
The monument is located in an area with heavy traffic. Please exercise road safety when taking photographs.
The Independence Monument is within walking distance to the Royal Palace (10 minutes) and the National Museum (25 minutes).
Phnom Penh offers various accommodation options at different price points.
Good to Know
The Independence Monument is an open area, so bring a hat and sunscreen if you are visiting in the afternoon. This place is illuminated at night so you may want to check that out as well.