Kirirom National Park

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Kirirom National Park
Preah Suramarit-Kossamak Kirirom National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Kirirom National Park.jpg
A natural lake in Kirirom
Map showing the location of Kirirom National Park
Map showing the location of Kirirom National Park
Location within Cambodia
LocationCambodia
Coordinates11°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
Area350 km2 (140 sq mi)[1]
Established1993[1]

Kirirom National Park (Khmer: ឧទ្យានជាតិគិរីរម្យ - Outtyeancheat Kirirom) and officially recognized as Preah Suramarit-Kossamak Kirirom National Park (Khmer: ឧទ្យានជាតិព្រះសុរាម្រិត-កុសុមៈ គិរីរម្យ - Outtyeancheat Preah Suramarit-Kossamak Kirirom) 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 of 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.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Kirirom National Park, Cambodia Archived 2009-11-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  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