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Guide to Phnom Kulen National Park

The ultimate guide to Phnom Kulen National Park private tour, near Siem Reap, which is a sacred mountain in Cambodia, The reclining Buddhas, Preah ang thom, and the thousands of lingas in the river bed are all beautiful things to see.

phnom kulen
phnom kulen

Location: 65 kilometers northeast of Beijing (802).

Date: early 9th century

King: Jayavarman II

Hinduism (first link), Buddhism (later king)

The original name of the ancient city in Sanskrit is “Mahendrapura.”

What Makes Phnom Kulen Special?

Cambodia’s Phnom Kulen is a special place with a beautiful and unique environment to explore. It has some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area. The water falls into pools and streams surrounded by thick, green vegetation. With its temples and carvings of the Hindu god Shiva, the area is also very important spiritually for many Cambodians. It is also called the birthplace of the Khmer Empire because King Jayavarman II declared independence from Java here in 802 AD. Phnom Kulen also offers some great trekking opportunities, taking visitors through picturesque jungle trails where they will be able to spot exotic wildlife. With its breathtaking scenery and rich cultural heritage, Phnom Kulen is truly a special place that should not be missed on any visit to Cambodia. Kulen Mountain was not just the birthplace of a former city but also the primary source for the stone used in constructing all the temples of Angkor at present.

How to Visit Phnom Kulen

Visiting Phnom Kulen is a great way to explore Cambodia’s rich culture and history. The area, located in the Siem Reap Province about 2 hours from the city, is home to many ancient temples, breathtaking views, and natural attractions. To get there, you are only allowed to arrive by private car from Siem Reap. It is recommended to leave your hotel at 8:00 a.m. due to the regulation; if you are late, you will not be allowed to go up the hill. When you arrive, make sure to visit the sacred mountain of Phnom Kulen, where you will find locals performing music and religion, a thousand-linga, a giant Buddha, and waterfalls with swimming pools. Bring swimming clothes and dress appropriately when visiting this holy shrine.

Phnom Kulen National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

1000-linga River

When you reach the top of the hill, the first thing you should see is the riverbed, where the water flows past the thousand lingas and you can admire the sculpture of the god Vishnu reclining in the riverbed.

The Great Buddha is a liar

The second thing to do is to visit the reclining Buddha, a sacred site where locals come to offer flowers, pray, and play religious music. To view the reclining Buddha, you must ascend the stairs. Ensure that you can bring flowers to pray as others do.

Phnom Kulen Waterfall

The Phnom Kulen Waterfall is an awe-inspiring natural wonder that is a popular destination for tourists and locals. At 30 meters high, it is the largest waterfall in Cambodia and has become a symbol of national pride for its people. There are two levels of waterfalls; make sure to visit the second level, which is the most popular and has more swimming space.


If you have enough time for Angkor wat private tour for 3 days, Phnom Kulen is well worth a visit after seeing all of the main temples in Angkor. People who visit this site may be able to learn more about the Hindu and Buddhist cultures and civilizations of the once-great Khmer Empire, as well as the unique natural environment of the whole area.

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