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PyeongChang Winter Olympics lift Asia’s profile as a winter sports venue

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The Korean government and people humbly share the pride of hosting PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Winter Game. In particular, Korea hopes that as the Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics served as an opportunity to overcome the Cold War between East and West and promote unity, the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the second Olympics in the ROK, will provide the momentum for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, in Northeast Asia and around the world by becoming the driving force behind the resumption of inter-Korean talks and North Korea’s participation in the Olympics.

Marking another chapter in the history of the Olympic Games, the PyeongChang 2018 Games will be an excellent opportunity to further promote Olympic values in Asia. Korea is hosting the first of the next series of Games to be held in Asia, followed by the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020 and the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. In particular, Asia is a blank canvas in terms of winter sports and has immeasurable potential to open new horizons in the field. PyeongChang is dedicated to promoting winter sports and attracting investment throughout Asia.

PyeongChang is located in a mountain range in the east of South Korea at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level. With long winters and heavy snow, it is an ideal setting for winter sports.

With its favorable geographic location in Asia and access to emerging and fast-growing markets, PyeongChang 2018 hopes to create a legacy of new growth and potential. Indeed, PyeongChang 2018’s vision is to open up ‘New Horizons’ for the Olympic movement and for the world of winter sports. The Organizing Committee aspires to expand winter sports in Asia and transform Gangwon Province into a winter sports hub and tourist destination.

With our optimized design of the venue, all Games-related facilities are located within a 30-minute radius of the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium and Plaza. Accordingly, participating athletes, spectators and media will be able to easily travel between venues. This will be conducive to competition-centered and athlete-oriented Games, where everyone will be able to enjoy optimum performances by athletes.

Along with the array of sports competitions, the Cultural Olympiad for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games will offer an exciting program of culture, entertainment, festivals and educational activities held across the country which aims to connect everyone to the Games.

The 40-day festival will welcome all and run through until the final day of the Paralympic Winter Games on March 18.

There will be exhibitions and performances of leading traditional and contemporary Korean artists, street parades, cheering events and K-pop concerts.

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Torch Relay began in Korea with the arrival of the Olympic flame on November 1, 2017, which also marked 100 days to the Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony. 7,500 torchbearers have traveled 2018 kilometers by various means of transportation representing the past, present, and future of Korea.

President of the Organizing Committee for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Games, LEE Hee-beom, remarked “It will also be a Winter Games that will open up new horizons for Gangwon Province as a tourist destination, and Asia as a winter sports hub for us all to enjoy for many years to come”.


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