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Pyeongchang 2018

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XXIII Winter Olympic Games
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.svg
South Korea Pyeongchang, South Korea - 9/2/2018
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The Pyeongchang article provides a more comprehensive guide to those visiting the city, and the Gangwon article provides a comprehensive guide to the wider region. It is recommended that Pyeongchang 2018 article should be read together with the articles of the host cities/regions..

The city of Pyeongchang in South Korea is the host city of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018.

The opening ceremony will take place on 9 February 2018 and the games will end on 25 February 2018. In total, 15 winter sport disciplines are scheduled for the games. The nearby capital city of Seoul played host to the 1988 Summer Olympic Games, making this the second time the Olympics, winter or summer, have been held in South Korea.

The games are related to Winter Paralympic Games, 9-18 Mar 2018. Most of the paralympic events will be held in the same Olympic venues.

North Korean Interest

North Korea has officially expressed interest in hosting some of the events at its Masik ski resort in Wonsan, 300km to the north of Pyeongchang. This idea is being actively pursued by South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in who was elected in May 2017 as part of looking to improve ties with the North

Prepare[edit]

Tickets[edit]

As of early February 2017, tickets and ticket packages have gone on sale for the games. People wishing to buy tickets in North America can visit CoSport's website to purchase tickets for events. Other ticket resellers outside of the US (Kingdom Sports Group, Cartan, etc.) are also selling tickets. Check these companies' websites to receive updates and make purchases. According to AroundtheRings.com, it is projected that nearly 2.08 million tickets will be available with the average event price coming in at a little more than $100 USD.

Visas[edit]

Accommodation[edit]

As with any special event, accommodation should be booked well in advance of arriving. Rooms will be scarce and expensive during the Olympic period.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

Incheon Airport Train Terminal

Incheon International Airport in Seoul is the main international gateway for the country, and most visitors to the Olympics will enter here.

The closest international airport is nearby in Yangyang. It only handles a handful of flights presently, although this may be expected to increase significantly as the Olympic event approaches.

By train[edit]

A new high-speed rail line from Seoul opened in December 2017. Korail runs hourly express KTX trains, with increased frequency during the Olympics. Journey time is slighty under 1½ hours.

By Car[edit]

Car use near the venues will be restricted. If you are planing to use a car, then detailed research is advisable.

By bus[edit]

A. PyeongChang Mountain Cluster

  • PyeongChang Olympic Stadium
  • Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre
  • Alpensia Biathlon Centre
  • Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre
  • Olympic Sliding Centre
  • Yongpyong Alpine Centre
  • Jeongseon Alpine Centre
  • Phoenix Snow Park(P, C)

Now

Public transportation: Moving to the venue / stadium through the Changpyeong, Jinbu and Yongsan Bus Terminal (for taxi, city bus, etc.)

Walking: Walking near the venue / stadium and then walking

Olympic period (Feb.09.2018 ~Feb.25.2018 )

Public transportation: Transfer to the transfer parking lot (Jindu, Yonggye, Bokwang, Jeongseon) via Jindu Station (KTX), Changpyeong, Jindu,

Transfer: Transfer parking (Jinbu, Yonggye, Bokwang, Jeon Line) After parking, shuttle bus to the venue / stadium

B.Gangneung Coastal Cluster

  • Gangneung Hockey Centre
  • Gangneung Oval
  • Gangneung Ice Arena
  • Gangneung Curling Centre
  • Kwandong Hockey Centre

Now

Public transportation: Moving the stadium through the Gangneung Express / Intercity Bus Terminal (taxis, city buses, etc.)

Car park: Parking near the stadium.

Olympic period (Feb.09.2018 ~Feb.25.2018 )

Public Transportation: Transfer to the transfer parking lot (Gangneung Station, Seosan, Hongje, Seongsan, North Gangneung) via Kangnung Station (KTX), Gangneung Express / Intercity Bus Terminal Transfer to the parking lot (Gangneung Station, Seosan, Hongje, Seongsan, North Gangneung)

Get around[edit]

All the various ways of getting around Pyeongchang are described in the Pyeongchang article. This section describes specific transportation issues relating to the Olympics.'

See and Do[edit]

The events are obviously the main event and take place from Feb 9-25 at the various venues.

Map of Pyeongchang 2018

Venues for the games will be situated in two locations; the Pyeongchang mountain cluster and the Gangneung coastal cluster. All of the venues will be conveniently located within 30 minutes of each other. Seven of the thirteen venues are pre-existing while six more are currently under construction. They are expected to be completed before the games begin.

Venues in Pyeongchang Mountain cluster:

  • 1 Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. The stadium is also called the Alpensia Olympic Stadium. It is located alongside the Alpensia Ski Jumping Center. Opening/Closing ceremony of Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic will be held in this stadium. The stadium was completed in June 2009, with 53.3 billion won in total expenditures. The renovation of the stadium will be finished in 2017. There are 60,000 seats(including standing rooms) in the stadium. It already held Pyeongchang Ski-Jumping FIS continental cup competition in 2009, 2011.
Yongpyong Ski Center, the site of the Slalom and Giant Slalom events.
  • 2 Alpensia Biathlon Center. Biathlon is a combination of cross cross-country skiing and shooting. The athletes ski a certain distance with the gun on their back and fire in a designated range. The firing has two positions; one is a standing position and the other is a prone one. This event will cover the final ranking by accuracy of shooting and running time of skis. In the Winter Olympics, there are 11 events, including five males, five females, and one composite.

    The Alpensia Biathlon Centre of Pyeongchang has 7,500 seats(4,500 seats/3,000 standing rooms). The first Supplementation construction was in November 2007. IBU Biathlon Worldcup 2008 and IBU Biathlon World Championship 2009 were held in this stadium. The second construction was began in April 2015 and will be completed in December 2017. The course size is '4km/3.3km/3km/2.5km/2km/1.5km' length, 8m width and has 47m difference in elevation(749~796m). The shooting range is 82.5m*50m.

  • 3 Alpensia Ski Jumping Center. Ski jumping and Nordic combined events will be held here. In ski jumping, competitors ski down a ramp of about (35°~37°), reaching speeds approaching 90 km/h, before jumping from the edge of the ramp, gliding above a long slope before landing. The 2018 Games will have four ski jumping events—men's individual events on the "normal hill" and "large hill", a men's team event on the large hill, and a women's individual event. Nordic combined is a competition that includes cross-country skiing and ski jumping. Currently, it is a men's-only discipline at the Olympics; a women's competition will be added in 2022. Three Nordic combined events will be held—two individual events, one jumping off the normal hill and the other off the large hill, each followed by a 10 km cross-country leg; and one team event, in which four competitors from each country jump from the large hill before competing in a relay race, with each skier covering 5 km. The stadium holds 13,500 (11,000 seated/2,500 standing room). The stadium, which was completed in June 2009, is being renovated from April 2015 to December 2017. The FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup has been held in this stadium twice (2009 and 2011). There are five kinds of sports arena and they are divided into stadiums and athletic grounds. There are large hill (125m), normal hill (98m) in the stadium and K60, K35, K15 in athletic grounds.
  • 4 Alpensia Sliding Center. This venue will host bobsleigh (known in North America as "bobsled"), luge, and skeleton, all of which involve sliding on an ice track. In bobsleigh, the competitors use a sleigh (sled) with fully enclosed sides and a steering system. Bobsleigh in the Winter Olympics is strictly a team event, and all teams are single-sex. The three events are two-man, four-man, and two-woman. A two-seater's crew consists of a pilot and brakeman (the term "brakeman" is used even if women are competing). The pilot steers the sleigh using two metal rings connected to a pulley system that moves the sleigh's runners. The brakeman plays the role of braking to stop the sled after passing the finish line. Four-seater sleds add two pushers, who assist the pilot and brakeman in starting the sled. In luge, a small sled with a flat and open body is used; riders lie on their backs feet-first, steering either by flexing the sled's runners with their calves or exerting opposite shoulder pressure to the seat. Race distances range from 1,000 to 1,500 m. There are four Olympic luge events—men's and women's singles, doubles (theoretically open to women, but effectively men-only), and a "relay" event in which each nation uses one sled from each of the other events. Skeleton uses a sled similar to that of luge, but the racer lies face-down and head-first on the sled; steering involves shoulder and knee pressure on the sled. Unlike bobsled and luge, only individual events are contested in the Olympics, one each for men and women. The stadium holds 7,000 (1,000 in the grandstand, 6,000 standing room). Construction is expected to be complete in December 2017. The bobsleigh and skeleton events will use a course 1,376.38m in length with 116.32m difference in elevation, resulting in a 9.48% average gradient. The men's luge course is 1,344.08m in length with 117.12m difference in elevation, thus with a 9.69% average gradient. The course for women's and doubles luge is 1,201.82m in length with a 95.62m difference in elevation, thus having an 8.97% average gradient.
  • 5 Alpensia Cross-country Skiing Center. Cross-country ski and Nordic combined will be carried out in this stadium. Cross-country ski is a sport that run on the field covered with snow rapidly. The race course consist of uphill, flat slope and downhill. The players should use classic and free running skills. There is also a lower risk of injury compared to other ski events. In Pyeongchang 2018, total 12 events(6 Mens'/6 Womens') will be held. The stadium has 7,500 seats(4,500 seats/3,000 standing rooms). Now it is under second supplementation from April 2015 to December 2017. FIS Far East Cup 2011, 2012 and 2013 were held in this stadium. There are two courses(A course, B course) in this centre. Both courses have 3.75/3.3/2.5/2km length, 8m width and 54m(751~805m) difference in elevation.
  • 6 Yongpyong Alpine Center. Alpine skiing is a sport that travels down the snow-covered slopes with the ski which has a binding fixed heels. The events consist of two categories, Speed and Technical. In Speed, there are downhill(Men/Women) and super giant slalom(Men/Women). In Technical, there are giant slalom(Men/Women) and slalom(Men/Women). In addition, there are total 11 events in Alpine skiing such as Alpine Combined(Men/Women) which is combination of downhill and slalom, National Team Events and so on. The stadium has 6,000 seats(2,500 seats/3,500 standing rooms). It was completed in 1998. This stadium held FIS Alpine Ski Worldcup 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, FIS Alpine Ski Continental Cup and Winter Asian Game 1999 and IPC Alpine Ski World Cup for the disabled in 2006. This stadium will hold Alpine slalom and Alpine giant slalom. Alpine skiing slalom and giant slalom course has 1,191m length, 410m difference in elevation and 34.4% average gradient. Snowboard Cross and Banked slalom course has 583m length, 410m difference in elevation and 36% average gradient.

Venues in Gangneung Coastal cluster:

  • 7 Gangneung Oval. This stadium is called Gangneung Speed Skating Stadium. Speed Skating is an ice sports event that two players with skate start at the same time and contend for speed on the 400m ice-rink track. The 400m course is divided into Inner lane and Out lane. The runner of groups of two who glide on inner lane will change one's lane to out lane at designated cross zone, out lane's player will change to inner lane. In Pyeongchang 2018, total 14 events(Men/Women) will be carried out. The stadium has 8,000 seats. The construction period of the stadium is scheduled for October 2014 to March 2017.
  • 8 Kwandong Hockey Center. Ice hockey is a team sport in which each side has six players on the ice at any given time (barring penalties that force teams to play short-handed for a set time period). Five players on each team are "skaters", and the sixth is the goaltender. (In ice hockey, even though the goaltender also plays in skates, the term "skaters" specifically excludes goaltenders.) The players strike the puck, a rubber disk which is frozen before play, by using sticks, and attempt to score by shooting the puck into the opponent's net. Olympic hockey features separate men's and women's events. The teams play on a rink with rounded corners ranging from 56~61m length and 26~30m width. The minimum specification for international competitions is 60 meters long and 29 meters wide. The goal is 1.2 m high and 1.8 m wide and surrounded by a fence made of wood or plastic, which is 1.2~1.22 meters tall. The rink is divided into two parts by a red line at its center, and each side of the rink also has a blue line, creating three "zones"—two "attacking zones", one for each team, and a "neutral zone". Kwandong means 'East of Daegwallyeong'. This arena, which seats 6,000, was completed in December 2016.
  • 9 Gangneung Ice Hockey Center. This stadium is called for Yulgok Hockey Center. Yulgok is a pen name of Yi I who is famous confucian of Korea in 16th century. Because his birthplace is Gangneung, this stadium name after his pen name. It has a three-story audience. The size of ice-rink is 60m(length) x 30m(width). The stadium has 10,000 seats. The construction period of the stadium is scheduled for July 2014 to December 2016.
  • 10 Gangneung Ice Arena. In this stadium, Figure Skating and Short Track Speed Skating will be held. Figure Skating is an ice sports that compete by accuracy and beautifulness of skills over glide on the ice with music. The size of the arena is defined as 56~60m long and 26~30m wide. In winter olympic, there are 5 events, Figure Skating Single(men/women), Figure Skating Pair, Figure Skating Ice Dancing and Figure Skating Team Event. Short Track Speed Skating is a skating race on 111.12m ice track. Unlike Speed Skating, it is called a Short Track Speed Skating because it race on short track, It is mainly called shortened as, 'Short Track'. In winter olympic, there are 8 events(Men/Women) as length of distance. This stadium has 12,000seats. The construction period of the stadium is scheduled for June 2014 to December 2016.
  • 11 Gangneung Curling Center. Curling is two teams of four in each game, they throw the 'Stone' alternately. At this point, more than two players move along the road of the stone's path, using a brush called ‘broom’ to control the path and velocity of the stone(It is called 'Sweeping'). In Pyeongchang 2018, 3 events(Men/Women/Coed team) will be held. The specifications for each sheet of the curling arena are 45.720m(length) x 5.00 m(width). A distance between the center of two houses is 34.747m and a diameter of the house is 3.658m. The number of seats in the stadium is 3,500 persons. The stadium, which was completed in 1998, is under construction from December 2015 to December 2016. This stadium was already held Winter Asian Game 1999, ISU 4 Continent Figure Championship, ISU Short-track Speed Skating World Championship 2007, WCF Female's World Curling Championship 2009 and ISU World Junior Figure Championship 2011.

Stand-Alone Venues:

  • 12 Bokwang Snow Park. Snowboarding is a sport that uses boards to glide down the slope. In 1960s, Snowboarding developed as a sport in the United States and was adopted as a regular event at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. In Pyeongchang 2018, total 10 events will be held such as Parallel Giant Slalom(Men/Women), Half-pipe(Men/Women), Snowboard-cross(Men/Women), Big-air(Men/Women), Slopestyle(Men/Women) and so on. Freestyle skiing is a sport that contend for artistic superiority by an aerial performance over gliding the slope freely. It is also called the circus of snow fields. Unlike Alpine Skiing which contend for speed, It has a characteristic that spectators can see the splendid aerial skills of the players such as Backflip, Twist and so on. In winter olympic, Mogul(Men/Women), Aerial(Men/Women), Half-pipe(Men/Women), Ski-cross(Men/Women), Ski-slope freestyle(Men/Women) will be held. This stadium can accommodate 18,000 persons(10,200 seats/ 7,800 standing rooms). The stadium, which was completed in 1995, is under construction from March 2015 to December 2017. In Snowboarding, The Parallel Giant Slalom arena has a 400~700m length, over 40m width, 120~200m difference in elevation and 14~18% average gradient. Snowboard-cross arena has 900~1,200m length, over 40m width, 130~250m difference in elevation and 10~14% average gradient. Half-pipe arena has over 150m length, 19~22m width and over 17% average gradient. Slopestyle has 30m width, over 150m difference in elevation and over 12% average gradient. In Freestyle skiing, Mogul arena has 200~270m length, over 18m width, 80~140m difference in elevation and 24~32% average gradient. Aerial arena has 141m length, over 22m width, 50m difference in elevation and 25% average gradient in Inrun, 38% average gradient in Landing. Ski-cross has a 900~1200m length, over 40m width, 130~250m difference in elevation and 10~14% average gradient. Ski-Halfpipe has over 150m length, 19~22m width and over 17% average gradient. Ski slopestyle has 30m width, over 150m difference in elevation and over 12% average gradient.
  • 13 Jeongseon Alpine Center. This stadium will carry out 3 Alpine sports, Alpine Downhill, Alpine Super-G and Alpine Combined. It has 6,500 seats(3,600 seats/ 2,900 standing rooms). The construction period of the stadium is scheduled for March 2014 to December 2017.The arena size, in case of Men's course, has 2,852m length, 825m difference in elevation and 31.8% average gradient. Women's course has 2,388m length, 748m difference in elevation and 31.3% average gradient. Giant slalom arena has 2,217m length, 630m difference in elevation and 31.4% average gradient.

Calendar[edit]

Events in Pyeongchang start on 10 February and end on 25 February. The opening ceremony is on 9 February and the closing ceremony is on 25 February. Several event dates have not yet been announced, but information will continue to develop as time goes on.

OC Opening Ceremony Event Competitions 1 Gold Medal Events EG Exhibition Gala CC Closing Ceremony
2018 Winter Olympics Schedule KST (UTC+9)
February 9th Fri 10th Sat 11th Sun 12th Mon 13th Tue 14th Wed 15th Thu 16th Fri 17th Sat 18th Sun 19th Mon 20th Tue 21st Wed 22nd Thu 23rd Fri 24th Sat 25th Sun  ?? Events
Ceremonies OC CC
Alpine Skiing 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11
Biathlon 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 11
Bobsleigh 1 1 1 3
Cross Country Skiing 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 12
Curling 1 1 1 3
Figure Skating 1 1 1 1 EG 1 5
Freestyle Skiing 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 10
Ice Hockey 1 1 2
Luge 1 1 1 1 4
Nordic Combined 1 1 1 3
Short Track Speed Skating 1 1 2 1 3 8
Skeleton 2 2
Ski Jumping 1 1 1 1 4
Snowboarding 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 10
Speed Skating 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 14
February 9th Fri 10th Sat 11th Sun 12th Mon 13th Tue 14th Wed 15th Thu 16th Fri 17th Sat 18th Sun 19th Mon 20th Tue 21st Wed 22nd Thu 23rd Fri 24th Sat 25th Sun 102

Buy[edit]

Due to deals with a major sponsor, the only card that can be used inside the Olympic Park and at other venues is Visa. Cash can also be used.

Stay safe[edit]

South Korea generally has a good deal of security. Drugs, gambling, and guns are prohibited in Korea. Currently, Pyeongchang has a population of 43,500 so this city is categorized as a small city in Korea. Also, owing to the small floating population, security is kept well. The crime rate in Pyeongchang is 91.0 per 10,000 people which is a average rate of Korea, so it is not a city to pay extra attention. Moreover, Gangwon-do Province Police has a high arresting rate of crime.

However, visitors need a basic sense of safety. Especially, during a big event such as Winter Olympic and Paralympic games, it is important for travelers to beware about pickpockets, beggars or violence. For visitors' safe travel, there are some emergency contacts. In Korea, civil servants can speak English basically, so visitors can solve many civil complaints without any problems if they report it in English.

  • Fire/Medical Emergency/Rescue, 119.
  • Emergency Sickness Consultations and Hospital Information, 1339.
  • Reporting a crime, 112.
  • Government Call Center, 110.
  • Child Abuse, 1577-1391 (in country only).
  • Missing Persons/Run-aways, 182.
  • Juvenile Consultations, 1388.
  • Women Hotline, 1366, 1577-1366 (in country only).
  • Female Victim of Prostitution Hotline, 117.
  • Violation of Human Rights, Discrimination, 1331.
  • Korea Legal Advice, 132.
  • Social Services Call Center, 129.
  • Cyber Defamation Hotline, 1377.
  • General Information Center for foreigners, 1345. Korean government has operated the General Information Center for foreigners. It provides venues for complaints or some information needed for foreigners who come to Korea. Visitors can use it by online(Hi-Korea website)and phone(1345). The online service is provided in 4 languages(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese). The Call-center's consultation is provided in Korean and other 17 languages. It is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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