The 2018 Winter Games will take place at PyeongChang Mountain Cluster and the Gangneung Coastal Cluster. Both are counties of the Gangwon-do province ("do" means province).
PyeongChang Mountain Cluster - 7 Snow Venues
- Alpensia Sports Park:
3 venues for: Cross-Country, Ski Jumping, Biathlon and 1 venue for Bobsleigh/Skeleton/Luge
- Yongpyong Alpine Centre:
1 venue for Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom/Slalom
- Bokwang Snow Park:
1 venue for Freestyle Skiing/Snowboard
- Jeongseon Alpine Centre:
1 venue Alpine Skiing Downhill/Super-G
Gangneung Coastal Cluster - 5 Ice venues
- 5 venues for Speed Skating, Figure Skating/Shot Track, Ice Hockey, and Ice Hockey
Names of the venues:
Gangneung Curling Centre, Gangneung Oval, Gangneung Ice Arena, Gangneung Hockey Centre, Kwandong Hockey Centre.
Do not confuse with Kangwon, the adjacent province of North Korea.
Gangwon province has 7 cities (in order of population: Wonju, Chuncheon (capital of the province), Gangneung, Donghae, Sokcho, Samcheok, Taebaek,
and 11 counties: Hoengseong, Cheorwon, Hongcheon Pyeongchang, Jeongseon, Yeongwol Inje, Goseong, Yangyang, Hwacheon, Yanggu.
The highest peaks of the region are Mt Seoraksan (1,708 m) and Mt Odae (1,563 m), both located in national parks and attract a large number of national tourists.
Hwanseongul, South Korea's largest limestone cave, receives over one million visitors a year.
The region west of the Taebaek Mountains is called Yeongseo, while the region east of the mountains is called Yeongdong. Respectively the names literally mean "west and east of the passes". Yeongseo is marked by high plateaus and mountains, with deep valleys and is where both Han and Nakdong Rivers have their headwaters. Whilst Yeongdong name is used much more frequently and may be taken loosely to refer to the entire region and also to the Yeongdong Railway Line and Yeongdong Expressway, which are the major transportation corridors connecting Seoul to Gangwon. Climate has many differences between Yeongseo and Yeongdong, because of the natural barrier of the mountains, Yeongdong's average temperature is higher than Yeongseo's, and its average amount of precipitation is more than Yeongseo's. Sometimes huge amounts of snow can fall, especially in Yeongdong. Violent winds are common in winter and spring in Gangwon-do's province.
Gangwon-do is known throughout Korea for its production of sundubu, a variety of soft tofu made with seawater. It is also well known for its tender beef.
The Taebaek Mountains form the main ridge of the Korean peninsula running along the eastern coast. To the east, the mountain range falls steeply into the sea, but to the west, there are more gentle slopes. The most important rivers of South Korea, the Han River and the Nakdong River, both originate in the Taebaek Mountains. It is also home to several Buddhist temples, including the well-known Woljeongsa.
The county’s territory is 84% mountains with wide-ranging altitudes. Average elevation: 750m (2,460ft).