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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