Exploring PyeongChang 2018 House In Gangneung
Make PyeongChang 2018 House as one of your stops when you visit Gangwon.
While on the way from Seoul to Gangwon, our tour guide Jinny Kim told us how important PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games is, to Koreans and the pride of South Korea, to the point of tears streaming down her cheeks and she had to pause a while to regain her composure.
On winning the bid to host 2018 Winter Olympics, it did not come easy for South Korea as it only managed to secure the bid after losing the first two bids for both 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games. To the country, it is a dream come true when former IOC President Jacques Rogge announced PyeongChang as the host city for 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games is approaching fast with these three Gangwon cities Pyeongchang, Gangneung and Jeongseon hosting the games to international athletes from 9 February to 25 February 2018 for a total of 17 days.
To keep Koreans and foreign visitors update of the preparations of the coming Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang 2018 House is set up in Gangneung as a promotional one-stop centre, providing essential information as well as various interaction activities and experiences for everyone. It was officially opened on 4 January 2016 by PyeongChang Organizing Committee.
During the opening, POCOG President Cho Yang-ho said, “At the newly opened 2018 PyeongChang House, the public will be able to re-experience the journey of winning the bid in 2011 and witness Games preparations. I believe it will contribute to raising public interest and boosting enthusiasm about the 2018 Games and winter sports.”
Located just beside Gangneung Ice Sports building, PyeongChang 2018 House is made up of three containers of three different colors, yellow, red and blue. The structure and collors of the building are designed as such to embody “snow”, along with the emblem of the Olympics.
Before entering PyeongChang 2018 House, the respective official Olympic and Paralympic statue mascots Soohorang and Bandabi are positioned just outside the entrance to greet visitors, providing also the opportunity for photo-taking with them.
Upon entering PyeongChang 2018 House, visitors will be greeted by two rows of informative banners that also spell out the name of 2018 Winter Olympics and its slogan “Passion. Connected.”
On the walls of the building, posters on PyeongChang 2018 can be seen throughout, providing useful information such as the preparations, winter sports and commemorative coins.
The actual Olympic torch is also showcased for the viewing pleasure.
There is also a VR (virtual reality) experience zone where visitors put on the 3D glasses to have the taste of the different competitive sports such as ski jumping.
In total, the centre consists of five rooms, including a main hall, theme exhibition rooms and a 4D experience room to try the winter sports first hand through engaging technology.
If you are heading to Gangneung city, why not drop by PyeongChang 2018 House to enrich yourself and ignite the Olympic spirit in you with Korea?
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This article is presented for 2017 Wow PyeongChang Fam Trip, invited by Korean Tourism Organization, with special thanks to KTO staff Miss Lim Nam Hee, Miss Jinny Kim and Miss Jenny Oh.
Reporting by Adrian Cheng