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There are 12 nearly identical laterite and sandstone towers that comprise the Prasats Suor Prat. They stand opposite to and parallel with the Terrace of the Elephants in Angkor Thom. This is one is on the south side of the road to the Victory Gate.

According to the guide no one knows when they were constructed and they could be post-Bayon or much earlier. In addition their function is unknown "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 belligerant 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."

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