|XXIII Winter Olympic Games|
|Pyeongchang, South Korea – 9/2/2018|
- 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
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.
As of early March 2016, tickets have not yet gone on sale for the games. Although prices will not be announced until after the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil, people can still prepare by registering with their region's authorized ticket reseller (CoSport, Kingdom Sports Group, Cartan, etc.) to receive updates. 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.
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.
The Wonju-Gangneung Line is projected to be finished in 2018. It will take about 60 minutes to ride from Seoul to the Olympic venues via the line.
Venues for the games will be situated in two locations; the Pyeongchang mountain cluster and the Gangneung costal 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:
- 1 Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.
- 2 Alpensia Biathlon Center.
- 3 Alpensia Jumping Center.
- 4 Alpensia Sliding Center.
- 5 Yongpyong Alpine Center.
Venues in Gangneung:
- 6 Gyeongpo Oval.
- 7 Yulgok Hockey Center.
- 8 Kwandong Hockey Center.
- 9 Gangneung Ice Arena.
- 10 Gangneung Curling Center.
- 11 Bokwang Snow Park.
- 12 Jeongseon Alpine Center.
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|
|Cross County Skiing||2||2||2||2||1||1||1||1||12|
|Short Track Speed Skating||1||1||2||1||3||8|
|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|
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. Presently this is seen as unrealistic by both the South Korean government and the IOC for both legal and logistical reasons.