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Pyeongchang

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Pyeongchang [1] is a city in Gangwon. The city is the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

2018 Winter Olympics[edit]

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The Winter Olympics will be taking place from 9-25 February, 2018. Pyeongchang won the bid this time, after having tried twice before. First in 2000 it entered for the Winter Olympics in 2010, but Vancouver won the bid. They tried again for the 2014 Winter Olympics, but this time Sochi won the bid. This year finally it is taking place in Pyeongchang!


Schedule of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games
      Pyeongchang Mountain Cluster

      Pyeongchang Coastal Cluster
    Non-competition venues

February 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24 25 Venue
Opening Ceremony Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium
Alpine Skiing Yongpyong Alpine Centre
Biathlon Alpensia Biathlon Centre
Bobsleigh Olympic Sliding Centre
Cross Country Skiing Alpensia Cross Country Skiing Centre
Curling Gangneung Curling Centre
Figure skating Gangneung Ice arena
Free style Skiing Phoenix Snow Park
Ice Hockey Kwandong Hockey Centre
Luge Olympic Sliding Centre
Nordic Combined Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre
Short Track Speed Skating Gangneung Ice Arena
Skeleton Olympic Sliding Centre
Ski Jumping Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre
Snowboard Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre
Speed Skating Gangneung Oval

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Incheon International Airport(ICN) in Seoul is the main international airport of South Korea. There is another International airport in Seoul, called Gimpo (GMP). Seoul is about 195 km from Pyeongchang.

The closest International Airport to Pyeongchang is nearby in Yangyang County, Gangwon, Yangyang International Airport (YNY).

By train[edit]

There is a high-speed train (KTX) that runs between Incheon International Airport to Gangneung station in about two hours. A new high-speed rail line from Seoul and Incheon International Airport opened in December 2017. Korail runs hourly express KTX trains, with increased frequency during the Olympics. Journey time is slightly under 1½ hours. During the Olympic period, there is a direct KTX train from the ICN airport, so check the timetable for more info. There is a foreigner-only train pass 'Pyeongchang Korail Pass', which allows the passengers to ride any train operated by Korail, including the KTX.

Get around[edit]

  • Bus System - There are various bus transportation that you can ride to get to PyeongChang

See[edit][add listing]

Baegnyong Cave
  • Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm, Hoenggye 3-ri
  • Odae-San Mountain One of the many famous mountains in Korea, known for its temples and waterfalls.
  • Baegnyong Cave (백룡동굴), 63 Maha-ri, Mitan-myeon, +82 33-334-7200. 09:00-15:00. Baengnyong Cave is situated at the bottom of Baegunsan Mountain, about 10-15 km above sealevel. In 1979 it was declared Natural Monument. It only allows 240 visitors per day, so a reservation is recommended.  edit

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Yongpyeong Ski Slopes
Yongpyeong Ski Resort is a ski area located in Yongsan-ni, Doam-myeon, Pyeongchang. It's the oldest ski resort in South Korea. Some scenes from the film Winter Sonata were shot here.

Bokwang Phoenix Park Another famous ski resort in Korea. This is where Autumn Love Story was shot.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Gangwon Province is famous for tofu and Sanchae Bibimbap

Drink[edit][add listing]

Soju - Locals say that sojus from Gangwon Province has its own unique taste

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Inns/Hotels There are many local inns/hotels around at reasonable prices ranging from ₩15000 and up.

Get out[edit]

  • Seorak-san Mountain Arguably one of the most beautiful mountains on the peninsula (especially in the fall), it is the most visited mountains in South Korea. It is well known for the oddly shaped rocks, many waterfalls, and temples.
  • Gangneung
  • Sokcho
  • Odaesan National Park
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Nearby port cities of Gangneung and Sokcho are another famous attraction