Welcome to PyeongChang2018
In 2011 PyeongChang was named host city of the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games and sits within the Gangwon-do Province, a region of outstanding natural beauty with a population of 1.5 million people. It is a haven for active adventure throughout the year, but specifically in winter, when the surrounding mountains, passes and highland plateaus are blessed with Korea’s heaviest snowfall, making it perfect for winter sports. PyeongChang is home to some of Korea’s top ski resorts, including the ever popular Yongpyong and its modern neighbour Alpensia, the primary venue of the games.
<Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018>
- Dates: OG 9 – 25 Feb. 2018 (17 days), PG 9 – 18 Mar. 2018 (10 days)
- Location: (Snow sports) Pyeongchang Mountain Cluster (Ice sports) Gangneung Coastal Cluster
(OG) 7 sports, 15 disciplines: Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Alpine Skiing, Biathlon,
Bobsleigh, Skeleton, Short Track, Curling, Snowboarding, Speed Skating, Nordic Combined,
Figure Skating, Luge, Ice Hockey, Freestyle Skiing
(PG) 6 sports, 6 disciplines: Alpine Skiing(Para-Snowboard), Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing,
Wheelchair Curling, Ice Sledge Hockey
The Winter Games will boost the profile, facilities and reputation of the Gangwon-do province and will become a premier sport tourism hub in Asia. This will be enhanced by the new KTX-high speed rail link between Seoul(Incheon International Airport) and PyeongChang, which will be a lasting legacy of the event.
The Gangwon-do Province has been the backdrop for many of Korea’s most popular TV series, such as ‘Winter Sonata’ and once again will be the focus of TV cameras during the Winter Games. PyeongChang has so much to offer, it was selected as one of the “52 Places to Go in 2016” by American newspaper The New York Times. Athletes and visitors alike will also have a chance to visit and experience Korea’s cultural uniqueness, examples of nearby sites include:
- PYEONGCHANG WINTER OLYMPICS PROMOTION HALL (Gangneung)
The Promotion Hall displays visual records of the efforts, frustrations, and joys through the three tries in bidding for an Olympic Games. It is dIvided into 4 different sections including the main hall and exhibition centre, 4D virtual reality room where you can experience winter sports.
- OJUKHEON (Gangneung)
Ojukheon is an important house which shows the lifestyle of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). It is one of the oldest preserved Korean houses. In Mongryongsil room of Ojukheon, one of Korea’s great men, Yulgok Yi-I (1536-1584) was born.
- HASLLA ART WORLD (Gangneung)
Haslla Art World is a complex art park with its great location beside the seaside and only 5 mins away from Jeongdongjin. The park has got modern museums, cafeterias, hotels and a scenic park with sculptures.
- ALPENSIA RESORT & SKI JUMPING TOWER (Pyeongchang)
Alpensia Resort is a tourism complex located in the beautiful and pure nature of Daegwallyeong. There are many leisure facilities such as a 45-hole golf course, convention centre, Water Park and ski slopes. In particular, the ski jump will be used for the ski jump competition of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Visitors can take a monorail up to this great vantage point to view the beautiful scenery, and may also indirectly experience the thrill of ski jump at the athletes’ regular practice zone.
- WOLJEONGSA TEMPLE (Pyeongchang)
Woljeongsa Temple is located in the forest of the valley east of Mt. Odaesan, and it is composed of 60 temples and 8 monasteries made into one large temple. You can view the Buddhist culture of the Goryeo Dynasty (918∼1392), the nine-story octagonal pagoda, also called as the Sari-Pagoda (relic pagoda), and the Stone Seated Buddha figure.
The Korean Peninsula is 70% mountainous making the country’s topography an amazing platform for sport tourism, so once you have experienced Gangwon-do then why not go and discover another eight provinces bristling with incredible pursuits.
Snapshot of PyeongChang2018
- From February 9 to 25, 2018, the city of PyeongChang will welcome approximately 6500 athletes from nearly 100 nations for the first Winter Games to be held on South Korean soil. Athletes will compete for over 102 gold medals in 15 disciplines in 7 sports.
- First Winter Games to feature plus 100 events
- 50,000-capacity Olympic Stadium, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies, is one of six new venues being built.
- In total, 12 venues split between the PyeongChang Mountain cluster and neighbouring city Gangneung Coastal cluster will be used during the 17 days of the Games.
- PyeongChang2018 will be the most compact Winter Games with all key venues no more than a 30 minute drive from the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium
- The Alpensia Resort Park will be home to the Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium, Alpensia Biathlon Centre, Alpensia Nordic Centre and Alpensia Sliding Centre.
- The Gangneung Ice Arena will host two sports, figure skating and short track speed skating.
- A white tiger named “Soohorang” and an Asiatic black bear named “Bandabi” will serve as mascots for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games.
- PyeongChang2018 will introduce a 6 new events such as snowboard Big Air (men/ women), speed skating Mass Start(men/ women), Curling Mixed Doubles, Alpine Skiing Event will be added to the programme
- PyeongChang will kick off a series of Asian Olympiads, with Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022.