Photo: Slowly getting hemmed in.

Olympic Stadium

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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).

Yet to hold an Olympic flame. Photo taken in or around Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

Yet to hold an Olympic flame. Photo: Stuart McDonald

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 (yes, really, we’re ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Olympic Stadium
Corner of Sihanouk and Monireth Blvds, Phnom Penh
Admission: Free

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