PyeongChang and

the Olympic Games

PyeongChang

In 2018, PyeongChang (pronounced ‘Pyong-Tchang’), located in the east of Korea, will become the 23rd city to host the Olympic Winter Games, following the two previous editions in Sochi and Vancouver. PyeongChang county is located in Gangwon Province, on the Eastern side of Korea. It is surrounded by mountains, but also close to the coastal region, where you will find Gangneung city, nestled right by the sea.

PyeongChang (Mountain Cluster)

Pyeongchang
This is the first time in history that Korea will host the Olympic Winter Games, and the third time that the Winter Games are being held in Asia, after Sapporo (1972) and Nagano (1998). It is the first of three Asian cities in a row that will host the Olympic Games, followed by Tokyo (2020 Summer Games) and Beijing (2022 Winter Games). In the heart of the Mountain Cluster lies the Alpensia Resort where ski-jumping, biathlon, cross-country skiing, bobsleigh, luge and skeleton will take place. Alpine skiing takes place in two locations: the Yongpyong Alpine Centre and the Jeongseon Alpine Centre. Snowboarding and freestyle skiing will take place in the Bokwang Snow Park.

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Gangneung (Coastal Cluster)

Gangneung
Gangneung is a coastal resort in the Korean province of Gangwon-do. It is located on the East Sea. The city of 216,000 inhabitants will host all of the indoor events (curling, ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating and short track speed skating). Speed skating will take place in the Gangneung Oval. Short track and figure skating will take place in the Gangneung Ice Arena. Ice hockey is in the Gangneung Hockey Centre (men) and the Kwandong Hockey Centre (women). Curling will be in the Gangneung Curling Centre.

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Seoul

Seoul
Seoul is a must-see destination if you are travelling to Korea. Not only is it the country’s political and cultural centre, it’s also its social and economic heart. With a population of approximately 11 million living in an area measuring 613 kilometers, Seoul is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. At least 48% of the Korean population live in this region. Seoul is served by Incheon International Airport. Apart from cultural activities, you can also enjoy a great shopping experience in one of the many shopping malls. There are plenty of hotels available, with many excelling in quality and class. The top sights are: the Bukhansan and Namsan mountains, the area around the Han River, Jongno Street and Insadong Street, the Changdeokgung Palace and Park, the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Yongsan market and several famous temples, like the Jogyesa Temple.

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