Your Pyeongchang 2018 Travel Guide


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The 2018 Winter Olympics start on Feb. 9 in Gangwon Province, a review segment in a Taebak Mountains northeast of Seoul. Here’s what to see and how to see it.

A perspective of Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in South Korea.CreditAhn Young-Joon/Associated Press

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Jan. 17, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang 2018, will take place from Feb. 9 to 25 in Gangwon Province, a review segment clustered in a Taebak Mountains northeast of Seoul.

The games will be widespread opposite 3 categorical venues: Pyeongchang, where a central Olympic Village and Olympic Stadium are; Jeongseon, where Alpine skiing will take place; and Gangneung, where ice skating will take place.

Getting Around

Pyeongchang and Olympic satellite cities will have giveaway convey buses to Olympic diversion venues and also to any satellite city. For some-more information on schedules, revisit the central Pyeongchang 2018 website, or download a central mobile app, accessible for Apple iPhones or Google Android devices. Also note that Verizon Wireless business in South Korea can have their general fees waived for a month of Feb by signing adult for a prerogative program.

Trains to Olympic Venues

An demonstrate train, a Gyeonggang KTX, will run from Seoul’s dual vital stations, Seoul Station and Cheongnyangni Station, to Pyeongchang and Gangneung. The tour takes one hour and 25 mins and dual hours, depending on where we board. From Feb. 1 to 28, there will be 51 scheduled trains a day to ride visitors.

A KTX high-speed steer will ride spectators to a Olympics.CreditJeon Heon-Kyun/European Pressphoto Agency

International Flights

International flights arrive during Seoul’s Incheon International Airport. From a United States, Korean Air has flights to Incheon from some-more than a half dozen cities, including New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Dallas. Asiana Airlines also has flights to Incheon from 5 United States cities including New York, Chicago and Seattle.

Hotels and Lodging

Visitors have countless hotel options in and around Pyeongchang. The internal Olympic organizing cabinet has engaged special rates during 35 hotels in a area, for a sum of some-more than 5,300 rooms. According to the committee’s accommodation newsletter, nightly rates normal $265 for hotels in Pyeongchang and $90 in satellite cities.

Beyond those hotels, a segment has copiousness of other resorts. In Pyeongchang, for example, a 214-room Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia Pyeongchang has nightly rates starting during $450 over a Olympic period, while a 419-room Holiday Inn Hotel Suites Alpensia Pyeongchang has rates starting during $408. Rooms during possibly skill can be indifferent by job 1-888-465-4329, or visiting a websites for any hotel.

Another choice in Pyeongchang is a 238-room InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort; nightly rates during a Olympics start during $450. Reserve by job 1-888-424-6835, or by visiting a hotel website.

Olympic Event Tickets

Residents of a horde nation typically get initial moment during Olympic tickets, though during this indicate they are accessible to everyone.

Before a start of a Games, unless we live in South Korea, we can squeeze tickets from authorized sheet resellers, which change by country. In a United States, residents can buy through CoSport and Jet Set Sports, that are also central sponsors of a United States Olympic team.

Because of its long-running sponsorship deal, Visa is the usually bank and credit label process supposed for all central Pyeongchang 2018 transactions. That includes sheet purchases through certified resellers like CoSport, benefaction and commemoration purchases, and A.T.M. exchange during Olympic venues.

You can hunt for discount tickets on resale websites, though be clever of counterfeits. All central tickets carry a QR formula and a hologram, along with a full name of a strange buyer. Sites like are generally protected to squeeze from as they offer a money-back guarantee. For other websites, make certain we know what protections are in place before we buy.

The Yongpyong Resort in Pyeongchang, that will horde some of a Olympic skiing events.CreditAhn Young-Joon/Associated Press

Tickets went on sale for South Korean residents final February, but roughly 80 percent of a 750,000 tickets allocated to South Koreans were still available during a finish of October. Of a 320,000 tickets set aside for general fans, 57 percent had been sold. As of Jan. 15, 67.6 percent of all accessible tickets have sold, according to Pyeongchang 2018 organizers.

Skiing events seem to be a many sought-after. Roughly 80 percent of a sum tickets for Alpine skiing and cross-country skiing were sole as of late December, a many of any sport. Currently, particular tickets for several medal-round Alpine skiing events can be had for $150 to $200 per sheet by CoSport.

Figure skating is always a premiere attraction, and this year short-track speedskating will also be in a spotlight.

“South Korea is generally good during short-track speedskating, so design that to be a tough one to get,” Victor Mather, a sports editor for The Times who will be on plcae for a Winter Games, said. Tickets for short-track speedskating are now sole out on CoSport.

You should also cruise lower-profile events that are fun to watch in person. Mr. Mather pronounced a biathlon was surprisingly beguiling during a 2014 Sochi Games, though we might wish to drive transparent of bobsled events.

“Watching a sled strain by is kind of cool, maybe once or twice,” Mr. Mather said. “But it lasts usually a fragment of a second. Standing in a cold for a really brief glance of speeding steel isn’t that good of a time.”

Beyond particular tickets, CoSport had been offered package deals that total events or enclosed hotel accommodations and other perks, though many have sole out, according to a website.

New Olympic Events

Athletes will contest in four new events this year: Big Air snowboarding, Mass Start speed skating, Mixed Doubles curling and an Alpine skiing group competition.

Big Air is a latest further to a increasingly renouned snowboarding category, that combined a Slopestyle eventuality in 2014. As of mid-January, tickets were still accessible by CoSport for a women’s Big Air final on Feb. 23 for $211 each.

Jonas Boesiger of Switzerland competed in a large atmosphere snowboarding foe in Colorado in December. Big atmosphere snowboarding is one of a new categories of foe for a 2018 Games.CreditSean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Cultural Olympiad

Showcasing South Korea’s abounding enlightenment during a Olympics is a tip priority for locals, according to Choi Moon-soon, a administrator of Gangwon range and a co-president of a Pyeongchang Organizing Committee.

Visitors can get a ambience by streamer to the Cultural Olympiad, hold in a Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza. The events will underline dual pavilions, one highlighting complicated Korean culture, a other focusing on some-more normal elements. Both pavilions will have copiousness of art on arrangement and underline live performances in a accumulation of art forms, including song and dance.

Also, from Feb. 2 to Feb. 24, Gangwon Province’s tourism house is hosting a informative festival during a Gangneung Art Center in Gangneung-si, a city about 45 mins from Pyeongchang. The festival will showcase Korean song and dance in dual to 4 performances a day. Korean singers and musicians will take partial in performances that highlight general song and dance styles, including ballet, jazz, opera, cocktail song and complicated dance. All shows are giveaway to attend.

Non-Olympic Attractions

Rani Cheema, a South Korea transport dilettante during Tzell Travel Group, says Gangwon range is an undiscovered destination worth roving to either you’re headed to a Olympics or not. “It’s a bliss for active travelers,” she said. “In winter, there’s good skiing, snowboarding and fish fishing, and summer is primary for hiking and towering climbing.”

During a Olympics, she said, visitors can design temperatures to dump next 0 and suggested bringing adequate comfortable clothing. “It will be unbelievably cold in February,” she said.

Skiers can strike a slopes during 3 renouned resorts in Gangwon province: Yongpyong Ski Resort, Alpensia Ski Resort and Elysian Gangchon. For culture, Ms. Cheema suggested visiting her favorite Buddhist temples in a area: Naksansa, Woljeongsa and Sinheungsa. “Buddhist temples are a steer to see all year round, though during a winter, generally if a sleet is falling, you’ll feel like we trafficked behind in time,” she said. Depending on where we stay, your hotel concierge can assistance devise additional excursions in a area.

When it comes to cuisine, seafood is king. Ms. Cheema pronounced that visiting a Jumunjin Fish Market, where vendors sell red sleet crab, octopus and other seafood, is a must. Visitors can buy a locate they find many appealing and conduct to one of a many restaurants across a transport from a marketplace with their purchase. There, a grill will prepare your seafood in normal Korean style.


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