Prasat Suor Prat
|Prasat Suor Prat|
Four towers of Prasat Suor Prat
|Proper name||Prasat Suor Prat|
|Number of temples||12 towers|
|History and governance|
|Date built||late 12th century|
Prasat Suor Prat (Khmer: ប្រាសាទសួព្រ័ត) 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.
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 (Japanese Government Team for the Safeguarding of Angkor) and APSARA.
- Glaize, Maurice. "Prasats Suor Prat". theangkorguide.com. The Angkor Guide. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
- Higham, C., 2001, The Civilization of Angkor, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, ISBN 9781842125847
- "Restoration Project of Prasat Sour Prat N1 Tower and N2 antechamber". autoriteapsara.org. JAPAN-APSARA Safeguarding Angkor. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
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