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Siem Reap and Cruising the Mekong

Phnom Penh

sunny 92 °F

This afternoon, we boarded Tuk Tuks for a tour around the city and a stop at the Independence Square and the Norodam Sihanouk Statue.

The Independence Monument was built in 1958 to memorialize Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. It stands on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the centre of the city. It is in the form of a lotus-shaped stupa, of the style seen at the Khmer temple at Banteay Srei and other Khmer historical sites.

The Norodom Sihanouk Memorial is a monument commemorating former King Norodom Sihanouk. The bronze statue is 4.5 meters tall and is housed under a 27 meter high stupa in the park east of the Independence Monument. The statue is dedicated to Sihanouk's accomplishment on liberating the country on November 9, 1953 from French Protectorate in Cambodia.

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Posted by rpickett 23:23 Archived in Cambodia Tagged phnom penh

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