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Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument

When you walk through Phnom Penh’s Wat Botum Park, pause for a moment to investigate this soaring Communist monument.

With its shimmering golden top, the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument creates a striking icon. This pillar is an instantly recognizable symbol in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.

The Communist party constructed the monument in 1979 to commemorate the Cambodian-Vietnamese War, specifically Vietnamese victory over the Khmer Rouge regime then occupying Kampuchea (Cambodia). Note that it now stands as a mark of the friendship between the two neighboring countries. Many Vietnamese and Cambodian flags reinforce the area’s theme.  

Examine the massive figures that dominate the monument. Two soldiers stand side by side, along with a civilian woman holding a baby. The extremely lifelike appearance of the people is typical of the “socialist realist” style. Despite its decorative golden top, the rest of the monument is constructed in utilitarian concrete. These traits reflect the aesthetic preferred by the Communist party. 

The Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument dominates Wat Botum Park, located in the heart of the city. Join other visitors taking a break in the park away from the bustle of the city. A modern playground nearby is set up to delight young children. Farther north, a large statue of a golden bird greets you. 

You’ll find many interesting things to see and do within close proximity of the monument. The magnificent Royal Palace complex is to the north. Appreciate its opulent architecture befitting the home of Cambodia’s king; you can’t miss its swooping golden roofs. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the park’s namesake temple, Wat Botum, or Lotus Blossom Temple. It has been an important temple in Phnom Penh since 1442. 

In addition to visiting sites near the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument, people-watching in the vicinity is also interesting. In the late afternoon and evening, local residents descend upon the square with their boom boxes and do folk dance, play soccer and practice light aerobics. For a few riels, you can even take part in an exercise class.

Popular Activities at Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument

It's worth giving yourself heaps of time at Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument. Here are the top things to do:

When arranging your day out, you might want to consider purchasing a Small-Group Phnom Penh Secrets Tour or a Private City Full-Day Tour.

For more things to do, have a look at our Phnom Penh things to do page.


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NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex ¥5,228
NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex

NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex

NagaWorld, Samdech Techo Hun Sen Park, Phnom Penh
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Chamkar Mon, this luxury resort is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside and Independence Monument. Silver Pagoda and AEON Mall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Hotel Emion Phnom Penh ¥8,053
    Hotel Emion Phnom Penh

    Hotel Emion Phnom Penh

    No.192, Sisowath Quay, Sangkat Chaktomuk, Khan Doun Penh, Phnom Penh, Kandal
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Daun Penh, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Riverside, Silver Pagoda, and Royal Palace. Independence Monument and AEON Mall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra ¥20,652
      Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra

      Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra

      26 Old August Site, Sothearos Boulevard, Phnom Penh
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Phnom Penh hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of AEON Mall and Riverside. Independence Monument and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Okay Boutique Hotel ¥4,794
        Okay Boutique Hotel

        Okay Boutique Hotel

        House # 174, street 19Z, Sangkat Chey Chumnas, Khan Daun Pen, Phnom Penh
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Museum of Cambodia and Riverside. Royal Palace and Independence Monument are also within 15 minutes. Phnom Penh Railway Station is 23 minutes by foot.

          Palace Gate Hotel & Residence ¥5,505
          Palace Gate Hotel & Residence

          Palace Gate Hotel & Residence

          10B, St. 264, Sangkat Chaktomok, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Riverside and Independence Monument. Royal Palace and National Museum of Cambodia are also within 15 minutes.

            Palace Gate Hotel & Resort ¥10,525
            Palace Gate Hotel & Resort

            Palace Gate Hotel & Resort

            #44. St. Sothearos Blvd (Corner St. 240), Chey Chumneas, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Phnom Penh hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps from Silver Pagoda and Riverside. Royal Palace and National Museum of Cambodia are also within 10 minutes.

              Aquarius Hotel & Urban Resort Phnom Penh ¥4,712
              Aquarius Hotel & Urban Resort Phnom Penh

              Aquarius Hotel & Urban Resort Phnom Penh

              No.5, Street 240, Sangkat Chakto Mukh, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Independence Monument, National Museum of Cambodia, and Silver Pagoda. Royal Palace and Riverside are also within 15 minutes. Phnom Penh Railway Station is 28 minutes by foot.

                The Bridge Club ¥3,385
                The Bridge Club

                The Bridge Club

                Village No.14, National Assembly Street, Tonle Bassac Commune, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Chamkar Mon, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside and AEON Mall. Independence Monument and Silver Pagoda are also within 1 mi (2 km).