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 Because South Korea and all African teams had withdrawn in protests against FIFA, North Korea were thus directly qualified to the final tournament, where they reached the quarter-final.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I have visited too many stadiums in my life -- they usually stand as empty monuments to some inexplicable quest for recognition. But his stadium is a community. Open to the public, people pour into in...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Quiet and near to the center, Nika's house is a very good place to stay for cheaper price and to enjoy swimming pool after a long day in Angkor. Hosts are very welcoming, kindly and smiling. Enjoy you...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    We walked a long way to see this strange arena area from the distant past. The very fact it is called Olympic is interesting. Walk up the long steps and like us in the afternoon you can see kids just ...  more »
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  • July 11, 2017
    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.
  • July 16, 2017
    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.
  • June 16, 2017
    Pride of Phnom Penh. After genocide museum, everything is a relief, especially young people enjoying their time. Very clean, full of enthusiastic people.
  • March 12, 2017
    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.
  • March 16, 2017
    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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