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Independence Monument

(At the intersection of Norodom and Sihaknouk), the Independent Monument (Vimean Ekarich) was inaugurated in November 9, 1962, celebrating Cambodia Independence from foreign rule. Renowned Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann was the architect of the monument which is patterned on a lotus flower bud,adorned with Naga heads (multi-headed cobras,) and obviously reminiscent in design of the towers of Angkor Wat. The Independence Monument now also serves as a monument to Cambodia's war dead as well as her independence.