Have you read my past articles on Pyeongchang 2018? Do you know what is Pyeongchang Winter Olympic 2018?
Let me refresh your memory.
Between 9th – 18th March 2018, Pyeongchang, South Korea will be hosting the Winter Olympic 2018. There will be events for both Olympic and Paralympic; Non-competition and Non-sport event too. For quite some time, South Korea has been undergoing extensive construction of buildings, stadium and tourism resources to get ready for the Winter Olympic 2018.
If you’re an Olympic enthusiast, this Winter Olympic is something you shouldn’t miss.
Winter Olympic 2018 Stadium Resources
Construction of stadiums for the Winter Olympic events has been going on extensively since the past year. It is definitely not a walk in the park to build giant Olympic-required stadiums at hilly side of the country and in the cold weather, but so far South Korea has been right on time with it’s Winter Olympic 2018 stadium resources.
As I have described in my last article, the stadiums are under way at both the Pyeongchang Mountain Cluster and the Gangneung Coastal Cluster.
Let me share with you some of the pics of the Stadium Resources at the Pyeongchang Mountain Cluster!
What a view that is. I would love to go here when the sun is set. With the many spotlights lining up the mountain, it would certainly make the mountain look magical and pretty. But first, let me get myself a very thick down-feather jacket.
The Alpensia Sports Park is where the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre will be located at. Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre will hold the Ski Jumping event, and Nordic Combined events.
The view above is the Alpensia Biathlon Centre where the Biathlon and Cross-Country olympic and paralympic events will be held. Bokwang Snow Park on the other hand, is where the Freestyle skiing and Snowboard will be held.
Winter Olympic 2018 Tourism Resources
Building great structures like stadiums or parks will only be for naught if the government of South Korea neglect the tourism resources. Of course, tourism resources has always been taken into account by South Korea and the county of Pyeongchang.
Tourism resources that I’m talking about are places of attractions in Pyeongchang. Now, being a province of South Korea on an average elevation of 700 metres, Pyeongchang is famous amongst the locals as the best place to live. It is said, at the elevation of 700 metres, it is the “Best place for health, rest and lesports (leisure and sports)”.
If that isn’t the sole reason for you (I was sold at “rest”) to go to Pyeongchang as a tourist, then I’m sure these could be better reasons for you to book a flight tickets, pack your suitcase and grab your passport to the nearest airport!
Sky Ranch, Pyeongchang
Established in 1974, the Sky Ranch is about 9 million square meters. There are about 400 Holstein cows bred up here along with a hundred of hanu (Korean Cow) in an eco-friendly way. Located in a high land, the weather is so nice even in summer and is a perfect place to get a stroll.
Samyang Ranch, Pyeongchang
Samyang Ranch can be called as Asia’s largest green pasture. The view from the plateau, reaching a height of 1,470 meters, is remarkable. If you’re at the Daegwallyeong Observatory, you can see as far as Gangneung, Jumunjin, and even the East Sea.
Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm, Pyeongchang
Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm is a privately owned area with a size of 195 km2. Although there are many ranches in Pyeongchang, Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm is the only ranch that raises sheep. The sheep grazing field is surrounded by a 1.2 meter-long circular walkway, so visitors can view the sheep at all times during their visit. There’s also a way to get an experience feeding sheep but you would have to sign up beforehand.
Ujiyaji Wind Village, Pyeongchang
Located on the highlands of Pyeongchang County where the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held, Uiyaji Baram Maeul (Ujiyaji Wind Village) is a mountain village situated on top of Daegwatllyeong. There are so many activities to experience at Uiyaji Wind Village, like making cheese or ice cream, or just enjoying the beautiful sight of wind-mills standing high above the frozen plain.
The Traditional Korean Food Culture Experience Center, Jeonggangwon was established in order to preserve, research, distribute and promote the values and merits of traditional Korean food culture in the world. Various hands-on facilities for traditional food culture such as an exhibition hall, cooking room, and a fermentation room, covering an area of 10,000 pyeong (33057.85 m2) is available here. This is a must-go place for anyone who’s interested in learning more about Korean food!
Woljeongsa Temple, Pyeongchang
When it comes to Woljeongsa Temple, the history is long and old. Located in the forest of the valley east of Mt. Odaesan, and it has 60 temples and 8 monasteries that is made into one large temple. Woljeongsa Temple was established by Monk Ja Jang (590~658). You can find the Seongbo Museum here where you can view the Buddhist culture of the Goryeo Dynasty (918∼1392), the nine-story octagonal pagoda that is also called as the Sari-Pagoda (relic pagoda), and the Stone Seated Buddha figure.
The Jeokmyeolbogung where Buddha’s bones are said to be preserved, and the large sermon hall Jeokgwangjeon Pavilion is also nearby. Usually in a Jeokgwangjeon Pavilion the Vairocana figure is enshrined, but it is interesting that the Sakyamuni figure is enshrined at Jeokgwangjeon Pavilion at Woljeong temple. Woljeongsa Temple of today was restored after the Korean war in 1950 when the Chilbulbojeon, Yeongsanjeon, Gwaneungjeon, Jinyeonggak and 17 other buildings were burned.
Yongpyong Resort, Pyeongchang
If you are a fan of Korean Drama, then you must’ve watch the drama “Goblin: The Lonely And Great God” made famous by Gong Yoo (as Kim Shin) and Kim Go-Eun (as Eun-Tak).
If you remember the scene where Eun-Tak was working part time at a ski resort, Yongpyong Resort is the location where they filmed that scene.
Situated at the center of Korea’s Baekdudaegan Mountain Range, Yongpyong Resort sees an average of 250 centimeters of snowfall per-season, making it an excellent place for skiing. The resort’s enormous seventeen million square meter complex includes a 45-hole golf course, gondolas, swimming pool, and other facilities too. This all-season recreational complex allows visitors to escape from daily life and relax.
Yongpyong Resort has an impressive ski slopes, including the popular Rainbow Slopes, and offers excellent facilities for skiers. The resort’s Dragon Plaza offers a variety of services for skiers and snowboarders. Yongpyong Resort has hosted a number of international competitions, including the World Cup Ski Competition and the Asian Winter Games. It is consequently one of the most popular ski resorts in Korea, and is frequented by many tourists. Accommodation options include condominiums, a hotel, and a youth hostel.
*Photos belongs to Hello Pyeongchang