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“Identical towers”
Review of Prasat Suor Prat

Prasat Suor Prat
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Private Prasith and Reap Temples Day Trip from Phnom Penh
Ranked #104 of 180 things to do in Siem Reap
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Identical towers”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Easily seen across from the Terrace of the Elephants, it consist of 12 identical towers of varying heights. The style of the towers is somewhat unique and do not display the classic Bayon style architecture. Purpose for use of the towers is debatable.

Visited August 2013
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“Interesting”
Reviewed 3 July 2013

These are the 12 towers which line the eastern edge of Angkor Thom. They have a very interesting backstory and apparently there are multiple accounts of what the towers were used for. In my opinion they were used for multiple purposes. We do know for sure, however, that they were used to determine legal disputes as a Chinese merchant wrote an account of this after visiting the city. The story goes that the two people in the dispute were placed in one of the towers and the first one to develop boils was the guilty party. If you can imagine people sitting in these towers for days, in the stifling Cambodian heat, insufficient food and water and no hygiene, is it any wonder that they developed some kind of skin affliction?
My tuk tuk driver told me the most fascinating story though. Apparently one of the kings of the city was seduced by a demon who came to him in the form of a beautiful woman. This demon convinced him to divorce his wife, put her eyes out and lock her in the tower. Because of this legend many of the tuk tuk drivers believe it's bad luck to visit Prasat Suor Prat and this is why you will see them parked a safe distance away from the towers rather than up close.

Visited December 2012
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“12 towers”
Reviewed 9 June 2013

Prasat Suor Prat (12 towers), it was said that a rope was hooked on top of the towers to connect each other and performers to do acrobats, and performers show their skills on the plain or games are held while the king watches from The Terrace of the Elephants and the royal family plus the important people of the empire would watch behind him.
But there is another theory for Prasat Suor Prat use, it is said that it is used to settle legal disputes and matters of criminal justice. Parties in disputes were kept in the towers for a few days. The one to emerge in ill health was declared the loser.

Visited April 2013
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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“My Favorite Site”
Reviewed 13 June 2012

I went to visit this site about 4 time in different timing. This site was very good for photography. The character of the temples and the space with granaries are really give a nice images. I recommend to visit in he afternoon to get better images.

Visited July 2011
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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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“Couple of towers opposite the Terrace of the Elephants”
Reviewed 22 December 2011

These are interesting little towers which you can view opposite the terrace of the elephants. I would really like to know what they were used for. One person claims they were used for legal disputes in which when two people had an argument they were both placed into the tower to resolve their differences. Other people claim they were used for entertainment purposes. I don't know. Regardless they are close to the terrace of the elephants/leper king and worth a short walk over to look at, although you can see them from across the road.

Visited November 2011
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