The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are coming up soon, and if you’re a fan, we’re sure you can feel the excitement and anticipation. The Winter Olympics is the biggest sports event in its category and involves a vast amount of athletes and events. With the South Korean edition around the corner, the adventurous are packing. We’ve come up with some pro tips for going to the Winter Olympics and taking advantage of all Pyeongchang has to offer and coming back home with memories that are as good as gold.
Be Aware of The Locations
The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will be held in two main venues. So, being aware of the locations and venues of the sports you love is the first step in your planning. The events are going to be divided as follows:
The PyeongChang Mountain Cluster:
– Olympic Stadium (opening and closing ceremonies)
– Alpensia’s ski jumping, Nordic skiing, biathlon, and sliding (bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton) centers
– Two alpine ski centers of Yongpyong (giant slalom and slalom) and Jeongseon (downhill, super G, and alpine combined)
– The Bokwang Snow Park (snowboard cross, halfpipe, slalom, and slopestyle, plus freestyle skiing)
The Gangneung Coastal Cluster:
– Gangneung and Kwandong hockey center
– Gangneung Oval (speed-skating
– The Ice Arena (figure skating and short-track speed-skating
– The curling center
With this in mind, make sure you purchase tickets ahead of time, but also give your schedule enough time to travel between venues and take into consideration that there will be plenty of people traveling in between. Be ready for delays.
When getting around the Olympic venues in Pyeongchang, take full advantage of what the city and the committee have for visitors. For instance, there will be free shuttle buses to Olympic game venues and also to each satellite city. You can also visit the official Pyeongchang 2018 website, or download the official mobile app, available for Apple iPhones or Google Android devices.
You can ride the express train, the Gyeongsang KTX, from Seoul’s two major stations, Seoul Station and Cheongnyangni Station, to Pyeongchang and Gangneung. The trip will only take about an hour and a half, and there will be extra trains scheduled during February to transport visitors.
Hotels and Lodging
As a visitor to the Winter Olympics, you will find numerous accommodations options in and around Pyeongchang that adjust to your budget and cover all your needs. The Olympic committee has contracted special rates at 35 hotels in the area, totaling more than 5,300 rooms. These include the Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia Pyeongchang, the 419-room Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alpensia Pyeongchang, and the 238-room InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort.
Winter Olympics Tickets and Security
Time is of the essence when finding event tickets, and as time continues to pass and finals start coming prices will soar and tickets will become scarce. Prior to the games organizers all over the world sell tickets. Once the Games start on Friday, February 9, the tickets will be available to purchase directly at the venues as well as other locations including the Olympic Stadium.
For an Event of this importance and magnitude, security is of the utmost concern for organizers and for the public. This year it’s fair to assume that, given recent international events, security at the Games will be more stringent than ever. So, try not to bring bags to the events because the might be searched or barred from entrance, and be aware of all safety and security information provided by authorities all the time. Additionally, it is always good to stay attentive and use common sense to stay safe.
Beyond The Games
Finally, be aware of the fact that you’re in South Korea! Take advantage of this opportunity not only to enjoy your favorite sports, but also visit all the incredible sites Pyeongchang has to offer like the Odaesan National Park, with trails crisscrossing the Taebaek Mountains, the several Buddhist temples, including Woljeongsa Temple, with its 9-story octagonal pagoda, the Lee Hyo-Seok Culture Village, or the Heungjeong Valley bank with its seven themed gardens of Herbnara Farm, to name a few. Also don’t forget to taste the flavors of the local cuisine, which include delicacies and treats such as Buckwheat jelly, Korean beef, and Rainbow trout.