Sitting amid an elongated strip of grassy park stretching west from Hun Sen Park and Naga World, the Independence Monument (aka Victory Monument) was built to commemorate independence from the French in 1953 but now also serves as a cenotaph to the country’s war dead. The distinctive, dark-red sandstone tower, completed in 1958, is reminiscent of an Angkorian sanctuary tower, its multitiered roofs embellished with more than a hundred nagas. At night it makes a dramatic sight when the fountains are floodlit in red, blue and white, the primary colours of the national flag.

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