Things to Know About Pyeongchang; Site of the 2018 Winter Olympics

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Wednesday, December 27, 2017
PyeongChang, Gangwon - winter is cold but relatively dry, with clear blue skies.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea from February 9th until February 25th.

Pyeongchang is about 180 km east of Seoul.

Located in the Taebaek Mountains region, the area boasts several Buddhist temples, including Woljeongsa.

Pyeonchang county experiences a warm-summer humid continental climate. During winter, Siberian cold air masses pass through the Korean peninsula, causing extremely cold conditions in Pyeonchang. Winters are long and very snowy.

The warmest months of the year are July and August with January and February being the coldest.

On 6 July 2011, Pyeongchang was announced as the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympics and the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

The other candidate cities were Annecy, France and Munich, Germany.

It will be the third Winter Games in Asia after the 1972 games in Sapporo, Japan and the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan.

It will also be the first Asian city to host the Winter Games outside Japan. Pyeongchang won their 2018 bid after two previous failed attempts for the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, in which it lost to Vancouver, Canada, and Sochi, Russia, respectively.



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