Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Located about halfway between our apartment and Phnom Penh's riverside, we pass Independence Monument so often that we sometimes forget how special it is. Built by Vann Molyvann (Cambodia's most famous architect) in 1958 to celebrate Cambodia's independence from France in 1953, the monument is supposed to resemble a lotus. The same shape can be found around Cambodia (and especially at Angkor Wat). The huge monument sits at the center of what is likely the city's biggest roundabout. It can be jarring to pop out of the city's small, jumbled streets onto the large boulevards surrounding the monument. Especially beautiful: zipping around the monument at night in a tuktuk.