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Prasat Sour Prat is located at the beginning of the road leading to the Gate of Victory of Angkor Thom in front of Phimeanakas.

The purpose of these towers is a source of some controversy. According to a Cambodian legend, the towers served as anchoring places for ropes which stretched from one to another for acrobats performing at festivals, while the king observed the performances from one of the terraces. This activity is reflected in the name of the towers. Zhou Daguan wrote about an entirely different purpose of the towers in describing a method of settling disputes between men.

Twelve little stone towers stand in front of the royal palace. Each of the contestants is forced to de seated in one of the towers, with his relatives standing guard over him. They remain imprisoned two, three, or four days. When allowed to emerge, one of them will be found to be suffering some illness- ulcers, of catarrh, or malignant fever. The other man will be in perfect health. Thus is right or wrong determined by what is called 'celestial judgment'

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