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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 50,000. 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 Because South Korea and all African teams had withdrawn in protests against FIFA, North Korea were thus directly qualified to the final tournament, where they reached the quarter-final.
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  • A place for sports and recreation-especially interesting happens in the evening, after sunset, when various events.
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  • I attended this venue as part of a set itinerary and would have to admit that I wasn't particularly enthused upon arriving. Within seconds however I witnessed a series of outdoor group fitness classes...  more »
  • In the book was that you had to have seen this really. It's a nice Stadium for here, but there is also. Don't bother to look for for to walk
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  • The current biggest stadium in the city. Most sport and concert events always held here. Swimming Pool is available for everyone with some access fee. Basket ball field is free but first come first serve. It is a nice place for jogging in the morning or evening. Nice fresh air.
  • The perfect place for relaxing for local people and foreigners. There're so many events happen regularly such as concert, sport, and event for celebrating special national holiday and so on.
  • National Stadium, where you can enjoy exercise dancing every early morning (4AM to 7AM) and Evening from 4:30PM till late evening. The place that you can relax and enjoy the fresh air in the middle of the City.
  • An old and modern architecture building that was built for decades while it is still one of the most attractive stadium for most soccer game in Cambodia both national and international, also a place where so many people like to get exercise and relaxed at.
  • It is a bit difficult to access here for morning jogging from outside of stadium. Basket ball and tennis court available. And big swimming pool can use here. It is also possible to use one day.