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Kulen Mountain

Kulen Mountain—Birthplace of the Khmer Empire
Kulen Mountain, or Phnom Kulen, is located about 60 km (38 miles) from Siem Reap. It is widely accepted as the birthplace of the Khmer Empire founded by King Jayavarman II in 802 AD when he declared independence from Java. Kulen Mountain is now a National Park and considered by many as a holy pilgrimage site.
The drive takes us through rural Cambodia, remote villages and through a beautiful forest. The highest point is about 487 m (1,600 ft). Phnom Kulen was a rich source of sandstone of which a great deal was quarried and transported south for use in building the structures at Angkor Wat.
This beautiful site is primarily known for fertility carvings (lingas) on the sandstone embedded in the river just below the surface—called the River of 1000 Lingas. The river eventually flows into waterfalls (one of which is about 20 m --65 ft) below which there are pools for swimming.
You will also visit a stone carving of the Hindu god Vishnu in lying on his serpent Ananta with his wife Lakshmi at his feet. There is also a mountaintop Buddhist Pagoda that has many large sculptures.
Be sure to wear your swimming suit and bring towels if you are inclined to take a dip beneath the waterfalls.


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Price: $110 for 2 people - full day tour

Price: $115 for 3 people to 8 people - full day tour
 
The Tour Includes
- Tour guide
- Driver and car/van (Transportation)
- Cool drinking water
- Cool refreshing towels

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