Attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea!
Country: South Korea
Currency: South Korean Won
PyeongChang Mountain Cluster – temperatures average minimum -11.6 C and average maximum 0.2 C in February.
Gangneung Coastal Cluster – temperatures average minimum -2.56 C and average maximum 6.2 C in February.
Population: 50.42 million (2014)
PyeongChang is located approximately 180 km east of Seoul, capital of South Korea, and approximately 80 km from the border with North Korea.
PyeongChang is a county in the northern part of South Korea in Gangwon province that is largely covered in mountains. South Korea’s famous Alpensia ski resort is located in here in the Taebaek Mountains region.
The Olympic events will be held in two main clusters:
Coastal Cluster (Gangneung)
Curling Centre – Curling.
Ice Arena – Figure Skating and Short Track Speed Skating.
Oval – Speed Skating.
Hockey Centre – Ice Hockey I and Ice Sledge Hockey.
Kwandong Hockey Centre – Ice Hockey II
Alpensia Sports Park – Biathlon, Para Biathlon, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Cross-Country Skiing, Nordic Combined, Snowboard Big Air, Para Cross Country, Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton.
Bokwang Snow Park – Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard.
Yongpyong Alpine Centre – Alpine Skiing Technical, Bobsleigh, Skeleton, Luge and Para Snowboard. Jeongseon Alpine Centre – Alpine Skiing and Alpine Skiing Team Events.
PLACES OF INTEREST:
ALPENSIA RESORT is the main ski resort, open year around, and is located approximately 2.5 hours from Seoul or Incheon Airport by car. Alpensia is only a 5-10-minute car ride to Yongpyong Ski Resort. It has 6 slopes serviced by high speed lifts.
YONGPYONG is the ski season from mid-November to early April. It has 28 slopes and 14 lifts and a ski area of 16,200 sq. meters with premium hotels, European-style condominiums and many other leisure facilities.
BOKWANG PHOENIX PARK Located on the Taegisan Mountain, the resort comprises of 22 ski slopes and 12 of which are accredited for international competition.
JEONGSEON ALPINE CENTRE opened in 2016, It has 10 km of slopes, serviced by 4 lifts. It is one of South Koreas most remote areas
GANGNEUNG is the largest coastal city in Gangwon Province and is the third largest overall in South Korea. It is nestled at the east side of South Korea’s longest mountain range, the Taebaek Mountains. It faces the crystal waters of the East Sea. Geologically is isolated from parts of the country keeping a rather distinct local culture.
Downtown Gangneung is not very big, one can cross downtown in about 15 minutes. Getting to popular places or attractions will take about 15 min from downtown by car.
Finally, there are numerous museums and temples in and around Gangneung that are worth while visiting while you are there, plus a wide variety of eating places and bars.
The province is also home to a number of Buddhist temples, including the famous Woljeongsa, founded almost 1,400 years ago and, in contrast PyeongChang has its’ own casino.
Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Sometimes referred to as Seoul-Incheon International Airport, this is the main airport in Seoul and it is the largest airport in South Korea, the primary airport serving the Seoul Capital Area. Getting from the airport to downtown Seoul is possible by railroad express train AREX (approximately 35 min) or options of subway, airport limousine buses, and taxis.
Incheon airport to PyeongChang, will be serviced by a high speed train that will be opened in time for the Winter Olympics (Jul 2017). Currently there are bus/coach services and this will take about 4.5 hours.
Yangyang International Airport (YNY)
A small international airport in north-eastern South Korea. It is the nearest airport to Gangneung and PyeongChang.
Distance from the airport to PyeongChang is about 80 km and only 39 km to Gangneung city. Currently available Transport options are Taxi (about 37 min) or Bus (50 min) from the airport to Gangneung.