Prasat Suor Prat

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Prasat Suor Prat
Four towers of Prasat Suor Prat
Four towers of Prasat Suor Prat
Prasat Suor Prat is located in Cambodia
Prasat Suor Prat
Prasat Suor Prat
Location in Cambodia
Proper name Prasat Suor Prat
Coordinates 13°26′49″N 103°51′37″E / 13.44694°N 103.86028°E / 13.44694; 103.86028Coordinates: 13°26′49″N 103°51′37″E / 13.44694°N 103.86028°E / 13.44694; 103.86028
Country Cambodia
Province Siem Reap
District Angkor Thom
Location Angkor
Number of temples 12 towers
History and governance
Date built late 12th century
Creator Jayavarman VII

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.[1]

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.[2]:133

"In front of the palace there are twelve small stone towers. When two men dispute over some unknown matter, each of the contestants is forced to sit in one of them while the relatives stand watch at the base. After three or four days, he who is wrong shows it by suffering some illness - ulcers, or catarrh, or malignant fever - while the other remains in perfect health. Thus right or wrong is determined by what is called 'divine judgement'...

— "The Customs of Cambodia", Zhou Daguan.

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.[3]



  1. ^ Glaize, Maurice. "Prasats Suor Prat". The Angkor Guide. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ Higham, C., 2001, The Civilization of Angkor, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, ISBN 9781842125847
  3. ^ "Restoration Project of Prasat Sour Prat N1 Tower and N2 antechamber". JAPAN-APSARA Safeguarding Angkor. Retrieved December 20, 2013.