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 Because South Korea and all African teams had withdrawn in protests against FIFA, North Korea were thus directly qualified to the final tournament, where they reached the quarter-final.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 been some big stadiums in the world this was a must. Hidden amongst the hustle bustle of Phnom Penh it truly was a gem. Don’t expect pristine facilities or world class displays. If you care dar...  more »
  • As they title say, this place is not so special. You can walk around and use the swimming-pool. But, they have no toilets, no decent toilets.  more »
  • If it wasn't for the monument, it wouldn't be here, because there's nothing to look at, a car, nothing special, we're all just the way here.
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  • The space is spacious, so a lot of events like; concert, football match, study/student event, food event etc, celebrated there. You can even go there in the morning/evening to do exercising. But the place is not clean, some of the areas smell so bad. Most importantly it is quite hard to find restrooms there. You need to be careful with your belongings when it is too crowded.
  • Great example of New Khmer Architecture. Free. Great view. Worth a visit when in PP. Don't miss to walk on the top of the ranks and watch the people excercising in the evening.
  • Thi is the historic place. Many people always visit there then they can do exercise or play sports. The views is so good, fresh and big place. Perfect one for who like the sports, especially soccer. I like there so much too.
  • One of the best places for Morning exercise~~ it has many healthy diet food and drinks there too.
  • Good place for doing jogging everyday. Also can dancing by join with old people or young group and pay for 1000riel once at Evening time. Early in the morning you can come for learning KongFu art like Sword or Fan. Doing Yoga also available. Not recommend to go and do exercuse when live football match.

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