Prasat Suor Prat, Siem Reap

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Prasat Suor Prat is a series of twelve towers spanned north to south lining the eastern side of royal square in Angkor Thom, near the town of Siem Reap, Cambodia. The towers are made from rugged laterite and sandstone. The towers are located right in front of Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King, flanking the start of the road leading east to the Victory Gate, on either side of which they are symmetrically arranged. Their function remains unknown.The current tower's name in Khmer means "The towers of the tight-rope dancers", a romantic name derived from local belief assuming that they were used to support a high wire stretched between them for acrobatics purpose during royal festivals. This belief however, is irrelevant. Zhou Daguan describes in his records that the towers are used to settle disputes among Angkorian people.The temple was possible built during the reign of Indravarman II.Among the twelve towers, the structures identified as N1 tower and N2 antechamber were in danger of collapse and were reconstructed in 2001-2005 by JSA and APSARA.
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  • For ruins of Angkor Thom in a terrace of face-to-face customer has gone there, because no one comes to this spot in the off the beaten path. Also without repair of what is being built in a slender, proceeded by the ruins, it is also good. And knows how to run away soon because most in danger of falling is good.
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  • This is one of those lesser-visited sites in the Angkor Park which may not appear to have much to offer, but which has its own beauty and charm. It's just across from the busy terraces of Angkor Thom ...  more »
  • It is a series of twelve towers spanned north to south lining the eastern side of the Royal Square in Angkor Thom. The towers are made from rugged laterite and sandstone. The towers are located right ...  more »
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  • If you ride a bike you can eadily get here. Have a rest here after you visit the big ones. Worth a visit. Quiet and peaceful.
  • Twelve nearly identical laterite/sandstone towers that stand opposite and parallel to the Terrace of the Elephants. The artistic and architectural style of the towers is unique, defying easy classification and dating. Construction may have begun under Jayavarman VII, but the towers do not display the classic Bayon-style characteristics. It has been argued that they may be post-Bayon or perhaps much earlier, as early the 11th century. The original function of the towers is a matter of debate but in the 13th century classic, "Customs of Cambodia," Chinese emissary to Angkor, Zhou Daguan, gives a romantic but dubious first hand account of their function. He wrote that the towers were used to settle legal disputes and matters of criminal justice. The belligerent parties were kept in the towers for a few days. The one to emerge in ill health was declared the loser, guilty by divine decree. Best photographed in the late afternoon.
  • This is a part of the Angkor Thom area! :)
  • These are twelve small stone towers standing on small hillocks/meadows extending from the South Khleang to the North Khleang. All of them and the locations themselves are quite picturesque. Many of these were restored by the Japanese and the UNESCO.
  • One to one total 12 towers. They were built by rugged laterite and sand stones. The old ages live around there have called it Neang Pi Tondop ( The towers of 12 dancers ). This name very famous and popular in Khmer.
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