Cambodia-Vietnam Soldiers Monument

An historical monument

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Northeast of the Independence Monument heading towards the Royal Palace, this monument was built to a Vietnamese design in 1979 by the victors over the Khmer Rouge. Following demonstrations two decades later, the area surrounding the monument was dubbed Democracy Square. Today it is still used for political gatherings -- when the government grants permission, of course -- although the most common events are the evening shows that take place toward Street 268. It is sometimes used as a focal point for expression for the resentment of Vietnam and the Vietnamese that stands constantly ready to be inflamed in Cambodia. In July 2007, a bomb was left at the base of the monument, though it did little damage. The square features fountains lit up at night with laser lights during holidays and on special occasions.

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Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh
Last updated: 21st November, 2015

About the author:
Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
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