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Phnom Penh - Independence Monument

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh - Independence Monument

Erected in 1955, the Independence Monument symbolizes Cambodian independence gained from French colonialism in 1953. This monument is a copy of the Bakong temple ( a temple from the Rolous group of the 9th century). The one-hundred Nagas and snake motif can be seen in historical. Cultural, archeological, and business context.

On 9th November each year, government officials from the various ministries and institutions would congregate here to jubilantly celebrate the anniversary of the national independence.

In commemoration of the souls of brave combatants and heroes who had laid down their lives for the freedom of the country, senior military and police officers would march before the Independence Monument, accompanied by a military band. The King ceremoniously lights up the “Glory Torch” place inside the monument; then in a festive manner, colorful balloons are let loose into the sky.

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