Phnom Kulen National Park is located 50 km away from the rest of the attractions of the Angkorian Archaeological Park and represents the first pillar of the Khmer Empire. Historians theorize that it was here that Jayavarman II became the King of Kings and the father of the Khmer Empire.
- Chup Preah – This point of attraction is the valley of the sacred mountain where the waterfalls flow. In the area there is a tall Buddhist statue accompanied by other small statues dating back to the 16th century. Guarding the valley, there is a 15 meter Cham Pa tree, 7 meters thick.
- Linga 1000 – Linga 1000 is a gathering of phallic Hindu statues arranged along the river
- Terrace of Sdach Kamlung – This platform that was once drowned in lava is now holding the ruins of an old brick temple.
- Preah Ang Thom – Going further to the next attraction, you will find a sandstone representation of the god of Phnom Kulen in a reclining Buddha, Preah Ang Thom. Two Cham Pa trees are deeply rooted in the ground nearby. Finally, two waterfalls, one of 5 meters height and another of 20 meters, contribute to the beauty of the place.
In 802AD, Jayavarman II created Angkor through the unification of several small states at Phnom Kulen. Thus, the site became the birthplace of an era. Later that year, Jayavarman II declared himself the King of Kings, building a temple for his royal Hindu gods.
The historical and archaeological importance of the site has placed it on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and made it the object of a French architectural and community development project.