The SEA Games 2023, which are nearing their conclusion in a couple of days, have proven to be quite an exciting event. This year, a total of 11 nations in Southeast Asia participated, with Vietnam currently leading in the medal tally. Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines round up the top five countries on the medal tally and with the games ending on May 17, there is little room for the table order to change. 

So, given the sheer number of athletes (and countries) that have won medals, you must be wondering, just what is the prize money that all the medalists are winning at the 2023 SEA Games? Well, as it happens, we have the answer. 

Southeast Asian Games 2023: What is the prize money at stake for the athletes? 

For the SEA Games, the official games body does not award any prize money. Instead, it is the individual countries that award monetary prizes to the winners. This prize money varies among countries, depending on what the respective governments decide to give to their winning players.  

However, for a rough estimate, we can take a look at what athletes from the Philippines received at the last SEA Games, which were held in 2021. Based on a report from Esquire, the Philippine Sports Commission gave a total of P25 million to the entire delegation that participated in Vietnam in 2021. That year, the Philippines managed to bag 41 gold medals, 57 silver medals and 80 bronze medals. Gold medalists were awarded a sum of P300,000 each, whereas silver medalists were awarded P150,000 each. Bronze medalists were given a sum of P60,000 each as prize money. The coaches were also awarded up to 50 per cent of the amount that the Gold medalists received. 

The Singapore National Olympic Council also states that the top winners at the SEA Games tend to receive USD 10,000.  

The SEA Games 2023’s medal tally so far 

The 2023 SEA Games have seen Vietnam emerge as the top winner this year, bagging over 120 gold medals already. Here’s a quick look at the rest of the medal tally so far:  

SEA Games 2023 medal table
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Vietnam 123 100 98 321
2 Thailand 94 76 93 263
3 Indonesia 74 67 92 233
4 Cambodia 71 68 113 252
5 Philippines 51 77 103 231
6 Singapore 45 38 57 140
7 Malaysia 30 42 85 157
8 Myanmar 20 21 64 105
9 Lao People’s Democratic Republic 6 20 57 83
10 Brunei Darussalam 2 1 6 9
11 Timor-Leste 0 0 8 8

SEA Games 2023: Where are they taking place?

The SEA Games 2023 are currently being held in Cambodia. The event can be watched live only via Cambodia Sports Television (CSTV).

Where will the 2025 SEA Games take place?

The SEA Games are hosted every two years. Once the Cambodia Games conclude on May 17, 2023, the next edition of the games will be hosted in Thailand in 2025.

(Hero and feature image credits: Courtesy AFP/Nhac Nguyen)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: Where are the SEA Games 2023 being held?

Answer: The SEA Games 2023 are being held in Cambodia.

Question: Who won the SEA Games 2022?

Answer: The last SEA Games were held in 2021 in Vietnam. The host nation Vietnam led the medal tally that year with a total of 446 medals.

Question: Is soccer a part of the SEA Games 2023?

Answer: Yes, soccer is a part of the SEA Games 2023, with separate events for men and women.

written by.

Amritanshu Mukherjee

Amritanshu lives and breathes tech, cars, Formula 1, space stuff and everything that delivers an adrenaline rush. Since 2016, he converted his favorite hobby of going all gaga over iPhones and Lamborghinis into his profession; hence, you aren’t likely to be surprised upon checking his browser history. In his spare time, he loves to drive and explore food joints, but will somehow end up with a plate of Chicken Biryani and a big smile. He has previously written for Hindustan Times, India Today,, and Deccan Chronicle.
SEA Games 2023: What Is The Prize Money That The Winners Will Receive?
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