Sunday, February 24, 2008
Phnom Penh's Independence Monument
The Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is a quiet place by night, where locals hang out and chat and watch traffic move slowly around a dusty roundabout. Despite its location, the monument is actually a relatively peaceful place, and people often congregate to talk about mundane things, like how damn hot the weather is.
Built in 1958, the monument commemorates Cambodia's indpendence from France, and is designed in the form of a lotus-shaped stupa, the likes of which can be found all over the Angkor Wat region. It's a little slice of ancient architecture that sits smack dab in the middle of a city, and serves as a welcome landmark for anyone trying to navigate what it a pretty confusing city in which to walk around, at least if you're a tourist.