[MKHtravels] Winter Wonderland at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Pyeongchang was announced as host city for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and will only be the third Asian city to host the pretigious tournament. Scheduled to be held from 9 to 25 February 2018, visitors can expect to immerse themselves in the fascinating Korean culture as they enjoy the pinnacle of winter sports. What’s more, four new events – alpine skating, curling, snowboarding and speed skating – will be featured in the 2018 Winter Games.

Mykpophuntress was lucky to have been given the opportunity to visit Pyeongchang City during our trip with the Power Blogger Programme, organised by the Korean Press Foundation.

All time high – Alpensia Sports Park

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The three-hour long trip from Seoul by car was itself an experience not to be missed – we enjoyed the cold, clean air, the mountains accompanying our journey, and the complete sense of peace the weather and atmosphere brought. At the Alpensia Sports Park, one of the English-speaking officer of the Park introduced us to the construction progress, the facilities and the plans for future. We were also greeted by young athletes who were having their training while we were there!

We later got the chance to ride to the monorail that Ski Jumpers ride to the Ski Jumping Centre for the events. At the Ski Jumping Centre, we braved ourselves to peer over the iron bar and through the net flooring to check out the slopes – we were actually 98 meters up! Kudos to the brave skiers who are as comfortable zipping down the slopes at top speeds as they are walking down the street; we definitely would not be able to do it!

Keep up-to-date: Pyeongchang House

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We visited PyeongChang House which is located in Gangneung city about 40 minutes from the PyeongChang. This venue is already open to public to provide a progress of the building of the Olympics Stadium and to educate visitors on the Winter Games. We experienced some of the winter sports virtually at the 4D shows. In the centre courtyard, a giant screen that shows the countdown timer to the 2018 PyeongChange Winter Olympic serves to create more excitement for anyone that looks at it.

Getting there

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For those who wish to visit can take the shuttle Ski Purple Bus from Seoul which will bring you straight to the Alpensia Ski Resort. Pick up points are at Myeongdong, Dongdaemun and Sports Complex Station but be sure to make reservations in advance. You can also take a coach from Incheon which will have 5 trips daily, with a cost of 70,000won per return ticket. However we also been told that new railway to be built to connect Seoul to PyeongChang and expected to be fully operational before the opening ceremony.

Look out for our next feature on our skiing experience and our stay at Intercontinental Resort as part of the Power Blogger Programme!

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