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Phnom Kulen National Park | Attraction in Siem Reap

Phnom Kulen

Phnom Kulen is a National park in Cambodia. It is literally translated as “Mountain of Lychees”. It is located in the Phnom Kulen mountain massif in Siem Reap Province. During Angkorian era the relief 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 Khmer Empire. Rather than a hill range, Phnom Kulen is an isolated chain of small mountain plateaux of moderate height lying south of the Dangrek Mountains, stretching for about 40 km in a WNW - ESE direction, and is located some 48 km north of Siem Reap. Its highest point is 487 m and its height is quite regular, averaging 400 m all along 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 sacred hilltop site on top of the range. Phnom Kulen is considered a holy mountain in Cambodia, of special religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists who come to the mountain in pilgrimage. It also has a major symbolic importance for Cambodians as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire, for it was at Phnom Kulen that King Jayavarma II proclaimed independence from Java in 802 A.D

Locals often make a pilgrimage to pray at this holy site. There is an interesting active pagoda with a large reclining Buddha, carved at a top of a gigantic groundup rock. A sanctuary was built around the upper part of the rock, about 10m high, The architectural design is very distinctive as it makes the Buddha statue appears as if he is laying down sideway facing pilgrims who walk up there on the stairway for a quick prayer. To many visitors, it is a starting point of their visit. Among many other artifacts surrounding the area, there are two gigantic rocks nearby that locals believe a resemblance of a legendary story Sampeuv and Sampan who betrayed and fought each other resulted in their ships sunk in this area. There are pathways from pagoda to some splendid waterfalls and picnic areas. There is a pathway from the pagoda, through local villages, to the a breathtaking view of a water fall. Visitor can say at the upper level of the fall or go down via a wooden stairway to the lower part of the falls.

Here a few more pictures of Phnom Kulen. Enjoy.

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VOA News Coverage - CCD 2012 (click on pictures)

 

 

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Voice of America/Khmer: Dr Chanthourn Thuy

A Khmer Archaeologist visited USA in July 2012 to  present his research finding about ancient iron smelter in Cambodia to Cambodian-American communities. One of his stop was Washington, DC Metro area. Click on picture to watch the VOA News coverage during his presentation in Annandale VA.


 

Voice of America Interviewed Ms Sophia Tep, CCD Vice-President

 

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Sam Relief  Dec 2012 Newsletter 

Sam Relief was very busy in early April of 2012 and has delivered another 10 tons of rice to Angkor Children Hospital at Siem Reap.


Women's Health Study: http://mapa.nur.utexas.edu


Replica of Angkor Wat

We have bought a replica of Angkor Wat (picture shown above). It is a sculpture made out from stone, by a sculptor in Pursat province, Cambodia. It is 1.3 meter long, 1.1 meter wide and .35 meter high. It took more than 2 months to complete the sculpture. Click the picture to enlarge.


Phare Ponleu Selpak

Phare Ponleu Selpak (website: www.phareps.org) is a Cambodian association providing artistic activities to children and adults around the Battambang vicinity. The artistic fields are: performing arts (circus, theater, dancing, music), visual arts (cartoon animation, painting contemporary, illustration and graphic design) and social actions (governmental school pre-school through high school, child care center, and transitional youth house). Learn more ...

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The traditional cloth making method and other crafts have been abandoned by indigenous people because of modern life style and industrial technology. CANDO Craft Center, just like CCD, like to preserve their culture and tradition. Please help support them by buying their product. 56% of sale proceed will go to the maker, meaning the indigenous people. They are the people who have a self-reliance life style. For more information, click this link: www.elevyn.com/shop/cando.

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