Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium

Location : Phnom Penh

A magnificent construction that lives with a constant threat of destruction, the Olympic Stadium is a metaphor for the short-sighted mindlessness, grubbiness and political manoeuvring that attend a great deal of Phnom Penh urban “planning”.

Better get there while you can before the lumpen barbarians win. Murmurings of demolition and redevelopment persist, despite carefully-worded reassurances from the Overseas Cambodian Investment Corporation, which has been developing land close to the National Sports Complex (the stadium’s official name).

Architecturally, the site is important. Designed by Cambodia’s best known architect Vann Molyvann (who was also responsible for the Independence Monument and many of Phnom Penh’s most important and recognised structures), it is an example of the 1950s and 60s New Khmer movement, which worked on creating buildings that were specific to Cambodia but included international modernist ideals. Built in 1963-64, the complex has since hosted the GANEFO games, Khmer boxing bouts, the disabled volleyball world championships, international football matches and boy band leader, Ronan Keating

See More attractions in Phnom Penh

Cambodia National Museum

Cambodia National Museum

Designed by George Groslier and the Ecole des Arts Cambodgiens the National Museum was built in 1917 in traditional Khmer style and inaugurated in 1920 by King Sisowat. The National Museum houses the ...

Choeung Ek Killing Field

Choeung Ek Killing Field

Between 1975 and 1978,aabout 17,000 men, women, children and infants (including nine westerners), detained and tortured at S-21 prison (now Tuol Sleng Museum), were transported to the extermination ...

Phsar Thmei (Central Market)

Phsar Thmei (Central Market)

From beneath a shining central golden dome, four pearl-white wings full of busy vendors stretch into numerous corridors and a cloud of sounds, sights, and scents. This art deco relic of the French ...

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

In 1975, Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot's security force and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). It soon became the largest such center of detention and ...

Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre

Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre

Cambodia’s foremost wildlife sanctuary, Phnom Tamao is a home for animals confiscated from traffickers or saved from poacher’s traps. It occupies a vast site south of the capital and its animals ...

Arts Performances

Arts Performances

Apsaras dance and dinner shows in phnom penh, as well as Khmer performing arts in general, aren't as active as in Siem Reap. Even so, some of the performing arts schools in the city are open to the ...

Russian Market (Psah Toul Tom Poung)

Russian Market (Psah Toul Tom Poung)

Russian Market is in our itinerary, although it is very hot in the market, but it worth a visit when you are searhing and hunting for some souvenirs to bring home. Many things and any things, some ...

Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom

Set on top of a tree-covered knoll 27m high, Wat Phnom is the only hill in town. According to legend, the first pagoda on this site was erected in 1373 to house four statues of Buddha deposited here ...

Chaktomuk River

Chaktomuk River

The river flows through Phnom Penh capital where located at the flow of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers forming four-branched confluence. Therefore, there was a timw when the capital was ...

Phnom Penh Tours