I is for the Independence Monument! In Khmer language, it is called the Vimean Eikareach.
The Vimean Eikarech monument is located right smack in the city centre, on the intersection of Norodom and Sihanouk Boulevards. It’s a reddish-brown monument that’s in the form of a lotus-shaped stupa, a style or design that is seen in the temples of Angkor and other historical sites. There is a pedestal in the middle where a ceremonial flame is lit by a royal or high official during important occasions.
From afar, it looks like a giant fireplace. At night, it is beautifully lit and locals stop to enjoy the light show for a moment. Also, in the above postcard, take note of the tuktuk (left) and the moto-dop, or a moto-taxi (right), in the foreground. They are two of the common modes of transportation here in the Kingdom.
Norodom Boulevard is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city and it is a rare treat to be able to take a photo of the monument (above) with only a few vehicles coming and going.