Kirirom National Park

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Kirirom National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Map showing the location of Kirirom National Park
Map showing the location of Kirirom National Park
Southeast Asia, Cambodia (green)
Location Cambodia
Coordinates 11°18′37″N 104°03′04″E / 11.31022059°N 104.05102995°E / 11.31022059; 104.05102995Coordinates: 11°18′37″N 104°03′04″E / 11.31022059°N 104.05102995°E / 11.31022059; 104.05102995
Area 350 km2 (140 sq mi)[1]
Established 1993[1]

Kirirom National Park is a national park in Cambodia. It is located mostly in Phnom Sruoch District, Kampong Speu Province, while a smaller section is in neighboring Koh Kong Province.[2]

Legend[edit]

The meaning of "Kirirom" is "Happy Mountain". This name was given to the area by King Monivong in the 1930s. The ancient name of the place was Phnom Vorvong Sorvong for the main two hills there were connected with the Cambodian popular legend about two heroic princely brothers, Vorvong and Sorvong.

Description[edit]

The park extends over the eastern part of the Cardamom Mountains. It is located 112 km from Phnom Penh off National Highway 4 on the road to Sihanoukville.

Lying at 675m (2,215 ft) above sea level, Kirirom was Cambodia's first officially designated national park.[3]

It contains many footpaths through the forests with a number of small lakes and waterfalls and was once used as a refuge by the Khmer Rouge.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kirirom National Park". WCMC. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  2. ^ Kirirom National Park, Cambodia
  3. ^ Forbes, Andrew (2006). Insight Compact Guide: Cambodia, pp. 41. APA Publications and GeoCenter International Limited in association with The Discovery Channel ISBN 9789812584854
  4. ^ KampucheaLibre, 23 November 2006