Tags : Monument
Timings : 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Time Required : 1 hour
Entry Fee : INR 5
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Often referred to as the 'Colosseum of the East', Rang Ghar is one of the oldest surviving amphitheatres in Asia. It is located near Rangpur Palace at a distance of 3 km from Sibsagar or Sivasagar town. The name translates to 'House of Entertainment' and dates back to 1746 A.D. when the Ahoms used to rule present-day Assam. This monument is an important edifice reflecting the architectural precision and grandeur of that time.
Originally, the two-storied building was built by Ahom ruler Swargadeo Pramatta Singha to be used by Ahom kings and nobles for witnessing sports like buffalo fights and other sports held at the adjoining Rupahi Pathar. It served as a royal sports pavilion, particularly during the Rangauli Bihu festival. Owing to its rich historical importance, Rang Ghar was used as a logo for the 33rd National Games held in Assam in 2007. However, at present, the condition of this monument is quite fragile. Frequent earthquakes and seismic surveys have caused at least 35 noticeable cracks on the walls. Nevertheless, its splendour and magnificence make it worth the visit.