khmer architecture tours: stadium and cyclo tours…

 
News below about:
1  updated walking map
2  upcoming stadium tour, 4 nov
3  upcoming cyclo tour, 12 nov
please pass this on to others who may be interested… 

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walking map
A newer version is on the website; different graphics and two buildings demolished…
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national sports complex (‘olympic stadium’)
saturday 4 november 06
The National Sports Complex (known as the Olympic Stadium but not intended to host these games) was designed and built over a period of 18 months in 1963-4. They should have accommodated in 1964 the Games of the Non-aligned Emerging Forces, but these were delayed to 1966 for political reasons, and the complex became the location for the reception of many visiting dignitaries. 
Designed by Vann Molyvann with a structural engineer who had worked with Le Corbusier, the complex has been renovated and reopened to the public. 
Though some new buildings have recently been built around the edge of the site, the original buildings remain fairly unchanged. They are a masterful arrangement of bold modern architecture with strong Khmer associations. We will visit the stadium, which seats 84,000, the sports-hall and swimming/diving pools.
Morning tour: Start at 9.00am, finish by around 11.00am
Afternoon tour: Start at 3.00pm, finish by around 5.00pm
Cost: Cambodians $1, Others $5. Children over 12 are welcome. Both tours guided by architect Sim Sitho.
Please reply to this email with your request for places; please don’t forget to include names and mobile telephone numbers and which tour you would like, We will email you back with joining details and contact numbers.

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cyclo tour of old phnom penh
sunday 12 november 06
The route explores central/north Phnom Penh and includes Colonial buildings as well as some 1960s post-independence architecture, starting around the old Post Office then going south and riding around the area south-east of the Central Market. Meant to be an introduction to the city, the tour includes a selection of well-known buildings as well as some less obvious examples. 

Tour: Start at 8.30am; we aim to return after around 2.5 – 3 hrs including a short drinks stop.
Cost: $10 per person including the cyclo hire and English speaking guide. Children under 16 are free if they share a cyclo with a parent/carer. 10 adult places are available. 
Please reply to this email with your request for places; please don’t forget to include names and mobile telephone number. We will email you back with joining details and contact numbers.
(These tours will usually happen on the second Sunday of each month, lead by Ratana or Sitho).


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geoffrey pyle and sim sitho
khmer architecture tours
tours of modern architecture in cambodia
visit www.ka-tours.org for tours news and to download the self-guided walking map of central phnom penh
 

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