Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk

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Visiting the famous Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh, hardly anyone misses visiting the exquisite Independence Monument. The stunning memorial ground is embedded with a long history. One of its most eye-catching things is definitely the Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk. Taking a glimpse at the monument, you will experience the historical and cultural side hidden in the modern day of Cambodia.

The Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk situated the memorial of the remarkable Cambodian King during the 1940s. And yes, you may wonder why his splendid sculpture is located right in the middle of the Independence Monument. Well, if talking about King Norodom, the locals will no doubt mention the victory of this amazing country. Back in the 1860s, the kingdom was the French Protectorate and later integrated with French Indochina. Later on in 1952, Norodom, the former Prime Minister dissolved the cabinets, proclaimed the martial laws, immediately flew to France and made a negotiation. In a flash, his high-stakes gamble is a win. 

Walking around, you will come across the 4.5 metres tall bronze statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk. The memorial is situated right inside the 27 metres stupa. And yes, if you have ever visited any of the oriental memorial, you would find a more-of traditional look. However, here, you will discover a traditionally-decorated statue of King Norodom dressing in a modern suit. So, take your time and discover the mixture of culture embedded in the city of Phnom Penh.

Of course, if you visit Phnom Penh, you will definitely not want to miss the tasty food you cannot find somewhere else. Fish Amok is a must-try! This thick fish-based curry is served in a banana leaf cup. But, don’t forget to order some rice, or the spicy Amok will burn your tongue (it’s true the dish is hot, but gulp some water and you’ll be fine). Also, if you are an experience seeker, and are looking for something super-super new, fried bugs are made just for you. We know there are plenty of those on the street stall. But, what we are talking about are fried bugs come decorated in a plate for your actual lunch. Hold your breath, and take a bite. You might love it!

This city has so much to offer its visitors, from historical attractions, adventurous activities, a calm-day off, and of-course, amazing people. Visit Phnom Penh at its most authentic side with the local who knows best!

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If you would love to visit the Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk, we suggest evening time would do best! Light breeze and dazzling night. Plus, there’s no entry fee at all. So, enjoy your time as you’d like. What’s not to be missed is the evening stroll at  Phnom Penh’s Night Market or Phsa Reatrey. Here, you will find endless rows of street food stalls, authentic souvenir shops, traditional clothes, and live music! Noted that the market opens on Fri-Sun at 5pm till midnight.

Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk Tour