The Independence Monument was built in 1958 to commemorate Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. It is a popular visiting place from both locals and tourists. It stands on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the centre of the city.
It takes the form of a lotus-shaped stupa, of the style seen at the great Khmer temple at Angkor Wat and other Khmer historical sites.
During national celebrations, The Independence Monument is the center of activity. A ceremonial flame on the interior pedestal is often lit by a royal or high official on these occasions, and floral tributes line the stairs.
Behind the monument is the newly constructed Statue of Norodom Sihanouk erected after his death on the 15th October 2012, now a designated public holiday.