Phnom Kulen Mountain


Phnom Kulen Mountain is situated about 70 km north east of Angkor. It takes approximately 2 hours to drive up to the mountaintop, which is 487 meters high and has a plateau that stretches 30 km. To avoid vehicles meeting on the narrow road, it is only possible to go up the mountain before 11am and to come down after midday 5mg cialis online.

Kulen is considered by Khmers to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia and is a popular place for domestic visitors during weekends and festivals. In AD 802, King Jayavaraman II took the mountain as his capital city and declared himself God King, announcing independence from Java and giving birth to present day Cambodia.

On the mountaintop, there are 56 Angkorian temples made of bricks and volcanic stones, but most of them are in poor condition with only the base of the Hahendrapura temple remaining intact. Today, the visible sites are; Prasat krau Romeas, Rong Chen (the first mountain temple), Sra Damrei (Elephant Pond), and thousands of carved phallic symbols for the Hindu Trinity Gods. At the summit, you can see a Buddhist pagoda and a large reclining Buddha statue 8 meters in length carved into a sandstone block in the 16th century.

Phnom Kulen has a waterfall that splits in two; The first is around 5 meters high and 25 metres round in all seasons, the second is around 20 meters high and 15 metres round in all seasons. The water is considered holy and Khmers like to bottle it to take home with them. The water eventually flows in to Tonle Sap Lake and is thought to bless the waterways of Cambodia.