Winter Olympics: 10 Fun Facts About PyeongChang, South Korea
The 2018 Winter Olympics are just around the corner. This year, the winter games are taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea. Almost one million athletes and fans from around the world will come together to compete in the spirit of global sportsmanship. Before you tune into the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies on Friday, check out these 10 fun facts about PyeongChang, South Korea.
1. PyeongChang is known as the Alps of South Korea and is located 2,297 feet above sea level. Its mountainous terrain makes it perfect for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
2. PyeongChang is located in the northeast corner of South Korea, takes up 1,464 km (roughly the size of Houston), and holds a population of 43,703 people.
3. The flower of PyeongChang is the Royal Azalea, a bright pink, resilient flower that grows at mountain bases, cliff sides, and near rivers. Their pint color is said to symbolize the passion and warm-heartedness of the community of PyeongChang.
4. The tree of PyeongChang is the Needle Fir, an evergreen tree that grows naturally throughout PyeongChang County. The tree’s green color symbolizes the pure and promising spirit of the people. The shape of the leaves and branches are symbolic of the righteousness and resilience of the community.
5. The bird of PyeongChang, South Korea is the Mandarin Duck, a colorful bird that lives in the rivers and lakes of the region. The Mandarin Duck symbolizes the unity felt among the people of PyeongChang.
6. One of PyeongChang’s proudest cultural assets is the Woljeongsa Temple, located in a dense forest in Dongsan Village. The people of South Korea believe that this temple sits at the point of convergence of the spiritual energy of Manwolsan Mountain.
7. The 2018 Winter Olympics are taking place in three separate areas: PyeongChang, the Alps of South Korea; Jeongseon, a blue-collar region that used to be home to a thriving mining industry; and Gangneung, a busy port city and vacation destination near the Sea of Japan (East Sea).
8. PyeongChang’s atmosphere is a far cry from the glitz and glamour associated with Seoul. This mountain town is a peaceful place that’s at one with nature.
9. PyeongChang, South Korea, will welcome almost 1 million athletes and spectators for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
10. PyeongChang’s local food delicacies are dried Pollack (fish) and rice steamed with mountain herbs.