PyeongChang on the map. 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. It will be the first ski resort town to host the Winter Olympics since the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.
For the 2018 Olympics, the city is being marketed with the CamelCase spelling of “PyeongChang” so a worldwide audience does not confuse it with Pyongyang, the capital of neighboring North Korea.
PyeongChang on the Map
PyeongChang is a county in Gangwon province of South Korea located in the Taebaek Mountains region. It is home to several Buddhist temples, including Woljeongsa. It is approximately 180 km (110 mi) east of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. PyeongChang is approximately 80 km (50 mi) south of the border to North Korea.
Pyeongchang has a slogan, ‘Happy700 Pyeongchang’. Pyeongchang county takes its slogan from the city’s average elevation. Pyeongchang’s average elevation is approximately 700m which is said to make people live in best condition.
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