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June holidays just ended right? Or are you planning for your next trip already? 

Located in the Gangwon Province of South Korea, PyeongChang is hosting the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Here are some reasons why you should see PyeongChang 2018 and what to expect!

1. The cold weather


The PyeongChang city is gearing up to welcome its visitors during the Winter Olympics held during 9th - 25th February 2018. As South Korea is a country with four seasons, February is the winter season. If snow and cold weather is your thing, February is the best time to visit!

Get ready your winter wear, and have fun in the snow!

2. Be part of history!

The PyeongChang 2018 or the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, is the second Olympic Games in South Korea. The first is the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. PyeongChang won against two other cities in the bidding to become the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Oh yes, did I mention the very cool emblem? The emblem is made up of ㅍ and ㅊ which are the first Korean consonants in the syllables of PyeongChang. The symbol ‘ㅍ’ symbolizes the harmony of Heaven, Earth and Man. The symbol ‘ㅊ’ represents snow, ice, and the winter sports athletes.

3. Cute Mascots!

So cute right?

The cute mascots Soohorang (White Tiger) and Bandabi (Asiatic Black Bear) welcomes the visitors to the PyeongChang 2018. 

How do they come about?

Soohorang, the white tiger is the mascot for the 2018 Winter Olympics. “Sooho,” meaning protection in Korean, symbolizes protection offered to the athletes, spectators and other participants in the 2018 Games. “Rang” comes from the middle letter of “Ho-rang-i,” the Korean word for “Tiger,” and is also the last letter of “Jeong-seon A-ri-rang,” a cherished traditional folk song of Gangwon Province, where the Games will be held.

Bandabi, the Asiatic black bear is the mascot for the Paralympic Games in 2018. or “ban-dal-ga-seum-gom” (the bear with a half-moon mark on the chest) symbolises strong willpower and courage in the Korean folklore. “Banda” is derived from “ban-dal,” the Korean word for the half-moon. “Bi” stands for celebration of the Games.

4. Competition Sports

24 disciplines, from Skiing to Skating to Snowboarding! Three categories - snow, ice and sliding sports. Athletes from all around the world will come to PyeongChang to compete in the various sports! Remember to check out here for ticketing information!

5. Location

PyeongChang is bordered by Jeongseon in the east, Gangneung in the northeast. The Olympic Games venues are grouped as the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster and the Gangneung Coastal Cluster for easy reference. All locations are within 30 minutes driving distance from the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

How to get there?

The PyeongChang is linked from Incheon Airport and Seoul by highway, local roads and KTX. The KTX line between Incheon and West Wonju is upgraded and a new line between Wonju and Gangneung is built! With Wonju - Gangneung line opens for service, you will get to the heart of the games in less than 2 hours from the Incheon Airport! 

It will also be linked to Seoul. So shopping at Dongdaemun market or a trip to the N Seoul Tower, anyone?

There are more information available on PyeongChang 2018 official website. Do check it out for updates and more!

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