Independence Monument in Phnom Penh Tour Guide:
As the name indicates, the Independence Monument commemorates the independence of Cambodia from French rule. Standing majestically on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the city center, the Independence Monument in Cambodia is not a triumphal arch or a column as in most countries, but rather it is a majestic lotus-shaped Stupa, adorned with Naga heads (multi-headed cobras), reminiscent of the Khmer temples at the historic Angkor Wat.
The stupa comes alive with celebrations on the Independence Day and Constitution Day, when national leaders and foreign dignitaries visit the site, light a ceremonial flame on the inner pedestal and celebrations abound. Its position on a roundabout in the middle of lush green lawns and fountains adds to the picturesque look; the monument looks beautiful especially at night when floodlights in the hues of the Cambodian Flag illuminate it.