Phnom Kulen National Park is a National park in Cambodia. It is located in the Phnom Kulen mountain massif in Siem Reap. During Angkorian era the relief was known as Mahendraparvata (the mountain of Great Indra) and was the place where Jayavaraman II had himself declared to be King of Kings, an act that is considered the foundation of Khmer empire.
Trip to see this beautiful National Park will start in the morning around 8:30AM, and the car is a best choice for transportation to go up the mountain. Phnom Kulen is located in Svay Leu District about 48 km from the provincial town of Siem Reap and about 25 km from Banteay Srei temple via Charles De Gaulle Road.
At Phnom Kulen there are several attractive places which people can see such as:
Chup Preah is the plain spot where having cool water flows and is located at the mountain’s valley. Terrace of Sdach Kamlung is a plain terrace with a small ruined temple made of bricks the middle. Preah Ang Thom is an 8-meter tall statue of the reclining Buddah reaching NirvanaThe statue is carved into a huge sandstone boulder. Preah Ang Thom is the sacred and worshipping god for Phnom Kulen. Also there are two main waterfalls in Phnom Kulen, the first waterfall: 4-5 meter tall and around 25 meter wide during the rainy seasons and second waterfall: 15-20 meter tall and around 15 meter wide during the rainy seasons. The size of the waterfalls varies according to the seasons and the rain.
On the way back to the town will drive you through the natural village community which you can see daily life of the people and especially you will learn to know how they mad the ceramic products such as: jars, cosmetic bottles, serving bowls, decorative bowls, tableware, oil burners and potteries.