The 2018 Olympic Games will be held in PyeongChang County, South Korea. PyeongChang is 110 miles southeast of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. PyeongChang is a mountainous region, with warm and humid summers and very cold, long and snowy winters. PyeongChang is home to a number of ski resorts, including Alpensia ski resort and Yongpyong Resort.
PyeongChang was announced as the location for the 2018 Winter Olympics and the 2018 Winter Paralympics on July 6, 2011, after the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa. PyeongChang won a majority of votes during the first round, winning more votes than its two competitors, Munich, Germany and Annecy, France, combined.
In order to prepare for the 2018 Olympic Games, the PyeongChang region has constructed six entirely new event venues and made updates to the other seven venues where events will take place. Most events during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games will take place at two central locations: the ski and snowboard resort Alpensia and the city of Gangneung. While most outdoor events will take place at Alpensia, the majority of indoor sporting events will take place in venues in Gangneung.
The region has also constructed a new high speed train line to transport spectators between the two venue areas and the city of Seoul. The line, called Gyeonggang Line, transports riders at the speed of 250 kilometers per hour, the equivalent of 155 miles per hour. The addition of this new train line has shortened the time it takes to travel between Seoul and PyeongChang from almost two hours to 80 minutes.
South Korean officials expect the 2018 Winter Olympic Games to drive more tourism to the PyeongChang region. PyeongChang is currently a destination for hikers, who flock to the base of Mt. Seoraksan and the surrounding countryside, as well as skiers and snowboarders, who take advantage of the two major resorts in the area. Tourists also come to the region to visit the temple of Woljeongsa of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, located on Mt. Odaesan.
Vistors to PyeongChang also frequent Samyang Ranch, the largest highlands farm in Asia. The Ranch has provided the setting for several films, including Autumn in my Heart and Lover’s Concerto. It is owned and operated by Samyang foods, the South Korean company responsible for bringing instant ramen noodles to the South Korean market.