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1st Southeast Asian Peninsular Games
Host city Bangkok, Thailand
Opening12 December 1959
Closing17 December 1959
Opened by Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Ceremony venue National Stadium

The 1959 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, officially known as the 1st Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, was the first and inaugural edition of the biennial multi-sport event for Southeast Asian athletes, organised by the SEAP Games Federation. It was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 12 to 17 December 1959 with 12 sports featured in the games. Cambodia, one of the six founding members of the SEAP Games Federation, did not compete at the inaugural edition. [1] For the first time and first among all Southeast Asian nations, Thailand hosted the Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, which later known as the Southeast Asian Games. The games was opened and closed by Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand at the Suphachalasai Stadium. The final medal tally was led by host Thailand, followed by its neighbouring countries, Burma and Malaya.

The games

Participating nations

Singapore was a self-governing British colony at that time.


Medal summary

  *   Host nation ( Thailand)

1959 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games [2]
1  Thailand (THA)*35261576
2  Burma (BIR)11151440
3  Malaya (MAL)8151134
4  Singapore (SIN)871833
5  Vietnam (VIE)55616
6  Laos (LAO)0022
Totals (6 entries)676866201


  1. ^ Percy Seneviratne (1993) Golden Moments: the S.E.A Games 1959–1991 Dominie Press, Singapore ISBN  981-00-4597-2
  2. ^ "Olympic Council of Asia". Archived from the original on 28 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2019.

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Preceded by
Inaugural Games
Southeast Asian Peninsular Games

I Southeast Asian Peninsular Games (1959)
Succeeded by