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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 Because South Korea and all African teams had withdrawn in protests against FIFA, North Korea were thus directly qualified to the final tournament, where they reached the quarter-final.
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  • It is not a giant stadium but you can see all the people dancing and doing exercise together plus it has a lot of facilities for all the visitors 
  • It's a stadium out of time, or one can easily imagine the trials that are hot, I really liked after each sensitivity... the little well french bonus is to see bowls players is chamarder with so much ill will that we the french :)
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  • The National Stadium for the Cambodian Football Team. Synthetic grass. Poor facilities. One thing I like about this place is that there will be groups of dancing classes or aerobic classes taking plac...  read more »
  • A greatest achievement of the modern Khmer architecture from the Sangkum Reasniyum led by King Farther Norodom Sihanouk. Also thanks to our legend architect Vann Molyvann for his design. The capacity is around 50,000 spectators. This is the place where 50,000 of Khmer sing their national anthem and songs together.
  • It is greatest stadium in Cambodia, this architecture was found by famous khmer architect name Vann Molivann.
  • Spending your evening walking around the stadium, excise...​ Free entrance to everybody, except when there is special events like any football match! This is one of the old building which in a very condition was built in King Norodom Sihanuk Reign.
  • 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.
  • 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 archict) significant feature is the use mots and the way the architect bring the natural light in. This true modernist building is Cambodia's National Pride.
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