Attraction Phnom Kulen National Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Phnom Kulen National Park is special ?
What to explore at Phnom Kulen National Park?
On the hilltop there are 56 Angkorian temples made of bricks and volcanic stones, but most of them are badly in poor condition, today name Hahendrapura, founded in the reign of King Jayavarman temple base only is remain intact.
The visible sites in modern day are Prasat krau Romeas, Rong Chen ( the first mountain temple), Sra Damrei ( Elephant pond), Thousands of phallic symbols carved a long liver bed and divided in three ports for the Hindu trinity gods. These three ports used for baptistery. At the summit of the hill you can see Buddhist pagoda and a large reclining Buddha statue 8 meters length carved into a sandstone bock in 16th century.
The last attractive spot is a waterfall, it splits in two spots the first waterfall is four or five meters heights and 20 to 25 diameters in dry and raining seasons. The second waterfall is 15 to 20 meters heights and 10 to 15 diameters in dry and raining seasons.
The water is considered holy and Khmers like to bottle it to take home with them. The source of water eventually flows in to Tonle Sap Lake and is thought to bless the water ways of Cambodia.
- Cool place to chill
- 1000 lingas, reclining Buddha and a waterfall
- A Magical waterfall swimming
- Good for families and groups
- Beautiful nature
Phnom Kulen National Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Tips for you
“Something different” There are 3 main 'activities' here: the Thousand Lingas in the river, the wat and the waterfall. The entrance fee is about US$20 (it's not included in the Angkor Pass) and it's too far, and too steep, for a tuk tuk so you'll need to hire a car and driver. The road is supposed to be one-way up before 11am and one-way down after that time. Phnom Kulen is considered a very holy mountain by the locals. The wat is up a large set of stairs and there will often be many locals here with offerings. At the top of the stairs there are several buildings, including one appearing to teeter on the top of a tall boulder. This building has been constructed over the top of a large reclining Buddha. The rock base of the river bed was carved with multiple lingas (phallic symbols) around 800 AD. These are still very clear, especially when the water's low. It's worth following the path upstream to see the variety of carvings. The waterfall is a popular spot with locals. At the top of the waterfall are some restaurants as well as a series of picnic huts. You'll see some people swimming here and where the first small waterfall is, but follow the path down below the large fall to get to the main swimming area. There's a new set of (steep) steps there so you no longer have to slither down the hill. Take a change of clothes as it's polite to swim wearing a minimum of shorts and t-shirt, not just your swimmers. Change booths are available at both the top and bottom of the waterfall.