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Paralympic Winter Games

  • Games Period: 9 – 18 March 2018(10 days)
  • Venue Location: PyeongChang, Gangneung, Jeongseon
PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will be held for 10 days from 9 to 18 March, 2018 in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea.
PyeongChang was selected as the host city of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games after receiving a majority vote at the 123rd IOC Session held on 7 July, 2011 after three consecutive bids. The Paralympic Winter Games will be held in Korea for the first time in 30 years after the Seoul Paralympic Games in 1988. PyeongChang will be the stage for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and most snow sports. Alpine skiing 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
  • Games for Peace
  • Economic Games
  • ICT Games

Goals of PyeongChang 2018

The Olympic Games without language barriers will be realized through the world’s best automatic interpretation and translation technologies.

We will reinforce cooperation so that we can promote the ICT and related convergence industries and tourism in Korea.

What opens up a new horizon?
What makes us move?
What makes us continue to challenge?
What makes new records?
What makes your heart beat?

1988 Seoul Olympic Games
2002 FIFA World Cup
2011 IAAF World Championships Daegu
2018 PyeongChang Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games

Sweat with its record
earnestness with its possibility
challenge with cheers
and passion in its various forms
chage the world

What opens up a new horizon?
Passion. Connected.
Passion. Connected.
PyeongChang 2018 new horizons

2018 PyeongChang Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games




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.


The emblem depicts a world where people with and without impairment, athletes, spectators, and people of the planet gather together in friendship

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 Paralympic 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 Paralympic Winter Games will compete in 15 sport disciplines.

Ice sports


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

PyeongChang Mountain Cluster , Gangneung Coastal Cluster PyeongChang Mountain Cluster , Gangneung Coastal Cluster


Bandabi, the mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games took its motif from the Asiatic black bear.
“Banda” is derived from “ban-dal,” the Korean word for the half-moon.
“Bi” stands for celebration of the Games.
Bandabi is a warm-hearted friend who takes the lead for equality and harmony and encourages athletes to push themselves beyond their limits. We will look forward to Bandabi's amazing activities.