Olympic Stadium

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Designed by Cambodia's best known architect, Vann Molyvann, and constructed in the 1960s, the enormous 84,000 seat Olympic Stadium is worth stopping by for a local football match, to get your aerobics groove on, or just to wander this cavernous complex.

The stadium may be visited at almost any time for free -- even for a weekend football game you only have to pay the modest ticket price if wanting a shaded seat -- but if there happens to be a concert by boy band leader Ronan Keating going on (seriously, he performed here once), you will have to cough up some cash.

Local exercisers can be found strutting their stuff in the early morning hours, and late afternoon sees a high energy gathering of aerbobics dancers getting their blood pumping to techno beats -- feel free to join in! More than a dozen instructors, each with a microphone and individual soundsystem, charge 500 riel to lead participants in group aerobics routines set to pumping techno music. You'll hardly ever see a foreigner joining in, but all are welcome so long as they can stand being gawked and giggled at by a crowd of Khmer teenagers.

At midday the stadium and its towering, symmetrical indoor volleyball area that's a score for abstract photographers are typically empty. Have a personal Rocky moment while jogging up the endless staircases and then cool off with a swim in the Olympic size pool.

Rumours have been floating around that the stadium may be demolished in the not-so-distant future, so get here while you can.

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Corner of Sihanouk Blvd and Monireth Blvd, Phnom Penh
Last updated: 21st May, 2013

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