[Travel] Pyeongchang, the venue of 2018 Winter Olympics

You might already know that the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeongchang, starting from February 9 to February 25. K-popped! had the honour to visit Pyeongchang as the part of ‘Power Blogger Program 2016’.

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There will be two main venues for 2018 Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang Mountain cluster and Gangneung Coastal cluster. The venue is not far from each other, where spectators can go back & forth to watch the games.

Alpensia Resort

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Outside the Alpensia Stadium

We had the chance to visit Alpensia Resort which is located in Pyeongchang. This resort will be focusing on outdoor sports during the 2018 Winter Olympic such as ski jumping, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, luge, bobsleigh, and skeleton to name few. Alpensia Sports Park consists of Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, Alpensia Biathlon Centre, Alpensia Cross-Country Centre, Alpensia Sliding Centre, Olympic Village, and Yongpyong Alpine Centre. Most of the venues are still under construction and will be completed anytime soon.

An officer in charge invited us to tour around the Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium where ski jumping and the nordic combined events will be held.

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We took the monorail to go up to the tower where athletes would get ready for the ski jumping game!

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This how it looks like from the top of the tower! Mad respect to the athletes, I won’t jump down even using ski.Hehe

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The lounge where you can grab coffee or food before watching the game

Pyeongchang House

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“Passion.Connected” is the motto of 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

We also visited the Pyeongchang House located in Gangneung city, about 40 minutes from Pyeongchang. Gangneung will be one of the venues for the 2018 Winter Olympics as the city will be hosting stage curling, ice hockey, figure skating and speed skating at the Games.

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The mascots of 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic, Soohorang (white tiger) and Bandabi (siatic black bear)

There is a designated center which was showing the progress of preparations of Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Visitors can also learn about the games and experience ski jumping, snowboarding and bobsleigh in virtual reality! It was awesome!

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Figurine displays for visitors to learn about the games

As Malaysia does not have the winter season, we are excited and fascinated to learn more about all these winter sports. Special thanks to Korea Press Foundation (host) and Hyundai Asan (organizer) for this program, we had wonderful time in Pyeongchang that we won’t ever forget! Look forward to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018!

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