The Independence Monument in the heart of Phnom Penh marks Cambodia's independence from France. The park near the monument is a great place for picnics and it is recommended that you go there around evening to watch locals playing peppy music out of boomboxes and dancing. Everybody is free to join. There are food trucks that surround the park which sell delicious Cambodian coffee and popcorn. It truly is a happy place and allows you to taste the joys of freedom.
The Independence Monument was built to symbolize Cambodia's independence from France. Standing on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard, the monument comes in the form of a lotus-shaped stupa - a style evident in the great Khmer temple in Angkor Wat and other Khmer historical sites.