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Phnom Kulen          Last Sunday I ventured 50km to the North East of Siem Reap to Phnom Kulen. Mount Kulen is considered by Khmers to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia and it is a popular place for local people to visit during weekends and festivals.

October 2, 2017

 

Thousands of symbols are carved on the river bed and divided to represent the trinity of Hindu gods.  

At the summit of the mountain is the Buddhist pagoda with a 8 meters long reclining Buddha which was carved into the sandstone in the 16th century.   

Monks visiting the temple at the reclining Buddha. 

Mount Kulen is also famous for its waterfall, which splits in two spots the first waterfall is four or five meters high.  

The second waterfall at Mount Kulen 

The water which flows through the river is considered holy and Khmers like to bottle it to take home with them. The source of water eventually flows in to Tonle Sap Lake and is thought to bless the water ways of Cambodia. 

 

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