There is undoubtedly no greater competition in the world of sports than the Olympics. The greatest athletes on the planet take part in their respective sports during a global display of athletics every four years. The multi-sport event is divided by season and the upcoming contest will be taking place during the beginning of February in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.
It will be the first winter event in South Korea and the second time the Olympic Games have been held in the country following the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. The Opening Ceremony takes place on February 9 and commences a 16-day athletic extravaganza. Over a dozen sports will be featured during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics that will test the boundaries and skillset of hundreds of athletes.
From a variety of skiing, skating and other miscellaneous events such as bobsleigh and luge, spectators will not be disappointed from the highly intense competition. Aside from the events themselves, the Olympic Games offer several ancient traditions that are deeply rooted within the sport of competition.
Make sure to attend the Opening Ceremony to witness the lighting of the torch. The Olympic Torch flame stays lit for the entire two-week event and is extinguished at the Closing Ceremony of the Games. Observe the rewarding moment when athletes are crowned champions as they receive their customized Olympic medals. Before you leave South Korea, discover the history behind the Games and how the sporting events have evolved over time.
“Attend a two-week sporting event filled with world-class athletes, rich tradition and history that dates back to nearly 800 B.C.”
There are two main areas to view the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. The ice sports will be held at the Olympic Park located in Gangneung, which contains four competition venues. Head on over to the Olympic Plaza where a variety of ceremonial events will take place.
Only ticket holders will be admitted to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as the inaugural Olympic Torch lighting.
Cars, shuttles and trains are all valuable means of transportation during your trip to PyeongChang. The most efficient way to get to the Olympic Park and Olympic Plaza is by taking public transportation.
Take the bus to the the corresponding terminal and transfer onto a shuttle bus for a dropoff at the your preferred location.
Park and rides are also available for a smooth and convenient transfer.
Make sure to check out the Winter Olympics full list of transportation methods.
Nearly 60,000 rooms are available all within an hour to the Winter Olympics event location. Whether you prefer a hotel, resort, pension or motel, PyeongChang has it all.
If you are looking for even more lodging options, be sure to check out the PyeongChang list of accommodations. Also, don’t forget to head over to Rad’s Travel page for unbeatable prices during your stay in South Korea.
PyeongChang offers loads of activities to discover from hikes in the mountains and valleys, to experiencing the the farming village life in the rural parts of the country.
Feeling in the athletic spirit because of the Olympic Games? Then make sure to check out several regional sporting and leisure events for your pleasure. The Gangwon Province has several museums and cultural assets to explore as well.
As always during international travel, it is a must to indulge in the country’s cuisine. Don’t be afraid to try new food items and enjoy PyeongChang gourmet restaurants and exquisite local eats!
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