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Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018

  • Games Period: 9 - 25 February 2018 (17 days)
  • Venue Location: PyeongChang, Gangneung, Jeongseon
PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games will be held for 17 days from 9 to 25 February 2018 in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea. PyeongChang was selected as the host city of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games after receiving a majority vote at the 123rd IOC Session held on 6 July 2011 after three consecutive bids. The Olympic Winter Games will be held in Korea for the first time in 30 years after the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988. PyeongChang will be the stage for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and most snow sports. Alpine speed events will take place in Jeongseon, and all ice sports will be competed in the coastal city of Gangneung.


The world’s best athletes will compete on Asia’s centre stage to launch New Horizons in winter sports and create a sustainable legacy for Gangwon Province and the Republic of Korea.

new horizons

  • Cultural New Horizons Prosperity of new culture where tradition blends with international culture
  • Environmental
    New Horizons
    Establishing environmental and industrial infrastructure to lead green growth
  • Geographical
    New Horizons
    Expanding the horizons beyond borders with a stage open for communication between South and North Korea and with the world
  • Economic New Horizons Host City reinstated as a major pillar underpinning the national economy by reinventing economic structure with added value

Key Objectives

  • Cultural Games
  • Environmental
  • Games for Peace
  • Economic Games
  • ICT Games



passion connected

Passion.Connected refers to a world in which everyone is connected with shared passion for winter sports, a world open to any generation anywhere, anytime, to open new horizons in the continued growth of winter sports.

'Passion' means a very strong feeling, affection and something one is fond of. PyeongChang is a place of global festivals that inspires each other and symbolises a place where Koreans share their warm affection. It also expresses the Olympic spirit and the warm heartedness of Koreans.

'Connected' means to link, join, combine, bridge , and understand. PyeongChang is a place where all generations can participate and inspire each other anytime and anywhere through Korea’s innovative technology and cultural convergence, and it means opening a new horizon for a new beginning, a harmonized world and the Olympic Winter Games.


The emblem symbolises a world open to everyone. It combines the image of ice and snow, winter sports stars (athletes), and people from all over the world, coming together in PyeongChang where heaven meets earth.

PyeongChang 2018 Emblem

The symbol ‘ㅍ’ represents the first consonant of the first syllable of PyeongChang in the Korean alphabet, Hangul, and expresses the harmony of Heaven, Earth and Man.


‘ㅊ’ depicts the first Korean consonant of the second syllable of PyeongChang in Hangul, and represents snow, ice, and winter sports stars (athletes).

Bids for PyeongChang 2018

  • vancouver 56:53
    2 July 2003. In the first-round voting at the IOC Session in Prague, the Czech Republic, PyeongChang won the most votes, but lost to Vancouver by 3 votes (53-56) in the final vote.
  • sochi 51:47
    5 July 2007. The highest number of votes was cast to PyeongChang in the first round of voting at the IOC Session in Guatemala but Sochi won the final vote by four more ballots (47-51).
  • Pyeongchang candidate city selection
    22 June 2010. The IOC shortlisted PyeongChang, Munich (Germany) and Annecy (France) as candidate cities for 2018 Games.
  • Pyeongchang venue selection
    6 July 2011. PyeongChang was selected as the Host City for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, receiving an overwhelming 63 out of 95 votes during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa.
  • 2018 pyeongchang
    19 October 2011. PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games was founded.


Athletes taking part in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games will compete in 102 events in 15 sport disciplines. The Games will be the first ever Olympic Winter Games with over 100 gold medals.
In particular, 6 new events such as Snowboard Big Air (men, women), Speed Skating Mass Start (men, women), Curling Mixed Doubles, Alpine Skiing Team Event will be added to the programme. PyeongChang 2018 will also be the stage for the greatest number of women’s and mixed events in the history of Olympic Winter Games.


All competition venues of PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games are located within 30 minutes’ driving distance from the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

1. PyeongChang Mountain Cluster : PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, Alpensia Olympic Park, Olympic Sliding Centre, Phoenix Snow Park, Yongpyong Alpine Centre, Jeongseon Alpine Centre, 2. Gangneung Coastal Cluster : Gangneung Olympic Park, Kwandong Hockey Centre


Soohorang, the mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games took its motif from white tiger, which has been long considered Korea’s guardian animal. “Sooho”, meaning protection in Korean, symbolises 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. Soohorang not only has a dauntless spirit and passion but also is a trustworthy friend who protects the athletes, spectators and all participants in the Olympic Games.

The Official Mascots for PyeongChang 2018 Soohorang Bandabi