Posted on 10:02 AM, 09-07-2021
Phnom Kulen, also called Kulen Mountain, is a mountain range and a part of Phnom Kulen National Park in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia.
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Phnom Kulen (Khmer: ភ្នំគូលែន, Phnum Kulén [pʰnum kuːlɛːn], lit. 'Mountain of Lychees'), also called Kulen Mountain, is a mountain range and a part of Phnom Kulen National Park in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia.
Rather than a hill range, Phnom Kulen is an isolated chain of small mountain plateaux of moderate height lying south of the Dângrêk Mountains. The range stretches for about 40 kilometres (25 mi) in a WNW–ESE direction and is located some 48 kilometres (30 mi) north of Siem Reap.
Its highest point is 487 metres (1,598 ft) and its height is quite regular, averaging 400 metres (1,300 ft) all along with the range.
Geologically Phnom Kulen is formed of sandstone. It was important as a quarry in Angkorian times, the major quarries being located in the southeastern angle of the massif.
There is a sanctuary in the area, Phnom Kulen National Park, straddling the districts of Svay Leu and Va Rin. Its purpose is recreational and scientific in order to preserve the natural scenic features of Phnom Kulen mountain, like some famous waterfalls.
The park is located about 48 kilometres (30 mi) to the north of the provincial town of Siem Reap.
Phnom Kulen National Park is a national park in Cambodia, located in the Phnom Kulen mountain massif in Siem Reap Province. It was established in 1993 and covers 373.76 km2 (144.31 sq mi). Its official Khmer name is Preah Cheyvaraman-Norodom Phnom Kulen National Park.
During the Khmer Empire, the area was known as Mahendraparvata (the mountain of Great Indra) and was the place where Jayavarman II had himself declared chakravartin (King of Kings), an act which is considered the foundation of the Khmer Empire.
Phnom Kulen National Park is located in Svay Leu District about 48 kilometres (30 mi) from the provincial town of Siem Reap and about 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Prasat Banteay Srey via Charles De Gaulle Road. There are several natural features, historical places, and other sights making Kulen National Park an interesting place to visit.
Chup Preah (Khmer: ជប់ព្រះ) is a valley featuring several statues made during the 16th century.
The Kbal Spean archaeological site, also known as "Valley of a thousand Lingas" (Khmer: លិង្គ១០០០), is located on the mountain, along the Kbal Spean River, which is tributary of Siem Reap River. The site has many figures of Yoni and Linga as well as other figures carved into the rocks of the riverbed and banks which may become fully exposed in the dry season when the river dries up. The river is shallow and small waterfalls form at the site in the wet season. The site is accessible by trekking uphill through a 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) jungle track from the parking site.
The terrace of Sdach Kamlung (Khmer: ព្រះលានស្តេចគំលង់) is a plain terrace with a small ruined temple made of bricks in the middle. The terrace was once covered with lava.
Statue of the reclining Buddha in Wat Preah Ang Thom.
Preah Ang Thom (Khmer: ព្រះអង្គធំ) is an 8 metres (26 ft) tall statue of the reclining Buddha reaching nirvana. The statue is carved into a huge sandstone boulder. Preah Ang Thom is the sacred and worshipping god for Phnom Kulen. There are also two big trees of Cham Pa (Khmer: ដើមចំប៉ា) nearby. Besides Preah Ang Thom, there are Chhok Ruot (Khmer: ឆ័តរួត), the footprint of Preah Bat Choan Tuk (Khmer: បាតជើងព្រះបាទជាន់ទុក្ខ), Peung Chhok (Khmer: ពើងឆ័ត), Peung Ey So (Khmer: ពើងឥសូ) and Peung Ey Sey (Khmer: ពើងឥសី).
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