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The Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh

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The National Olympic Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It has a capacity of 70,000. Despite its name, the stadium has never hosted an Olympic Games.HistoryConstruction on the National Sports Complex started in 1963 and was completed in 1964. Designer Vann Molyvann made use of massive earthworks to create the stadium, digging up 500,000 cubic meters of earth to shape the grounds.The stadium might have been built to host the 1963 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, but the games were cancelled due to political problems in Cambodia. There was also the short-lived GANEFO games, that were held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in November 25~December 6, 1966 and were named 'First Asian GANEFO'. The stadium did play host to appearances by visiting dignitaries and state occasions, and was the home of Cambodia's national athletics teams.The stadium played a small part in the 1966 FIFA World Cup. Unexpectedly, North Korea faced Australia in a qualifier. Because North Korea lacked diplomatic relations with most countries, finding a suitable venue for the match proved difficult, until Head of State Norodom Sihanouk, an ally of Kim Il-sung, said the matches could be held in Phnom Penh. The matches attracted 40,000 fans, with Sihounouk decreeing half would cheer for Australia, while the other half cheered the Koreans. The matches were held on 21 November 1965 and on 24 November 1965 with North Korea winning both (6–1 and 3–1). Because South Korea and all African teams had withdrawn in protests against FIFA, North Korea were thus directly qualified to the final tournament, where they reached the quarter-final.
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  • Having read a number of articles on this site I was looking forward to my visit. What a disappointment, run down , deserted, not particularly striking architecture, though I had been led to believe ot...  more »
  • If you are into cultur and architecture. Here Is a place for you. Designed by Cambodia most beloved architect. The stadium is a modern day iconic building. Do drop by in the evening if you are interes...  more »
  • Go late in the day the Olympic Stadium is out of time with khmer architecture. But when the top floor is invaded by hordes of women from 40 to 70 years (with a few rare gentlemen) who waddle to the sound of unclassifiable music, it becomes surreal. Little tourist in the corner, it is an opportunity to live a moment 100% Cambodian.
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  • This is an oldest stadium in Asian countries. It is a historic place for Cambodian. U can go exercising there in the early morning and late evening. People enjoy dancing, jogging, running, booling, taekwondo and more. It's mostly nice with cool breeze. U can have certain street foods either. Restroom is not really clean anyway.
  • Great place to meet up for exercise. Also a sport fan crowd over there is crazy. Entrance fee is cheap no more then 1 usd or free I can't remember. But becareful with your own vehicle.
  • Pride of Phnom Penh. After genocide museum, everything is a relief, especially young people enjoying their time. Very clean, full of enthusiastic people.
  • A good place for relaxing, getting fresh air, exercise or play sports for anyone and free. Swimming pool is cheap but with medium cleanliness. Easy parking space with just 0.25$ for the whole day if you want to keep there.
  • This masterpiece from Cambodian well known architect, Vann Molyvann was constructed in 1964 as a sport venue for SEA game in 1963. There are three main facilities. The Sport Palace , the outdoor seats with the football field in the middle and the swimming pool. This second Angkor Wat ( which claimed by the architect) significant feature is the use mots and the way the architect bring the natural light in. This is probably one pf the best indoor stadium in tropical country!

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