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PyeongChang host city of the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games had the eyes of the world watching this year from 9 February - 18th March. South Korea was more than ready and welcomed spectators and athletes from around the globe, (as well as virtually via a TV set near you). Its preparedness and delivery of a peaceful Games demonstrated Korea's efficiency and grit.
South Korea is a compact country, with excellent transport infrastructure, and will also inspire and excite incentive groups.
A second terminal at Incheon Airport offers increased capacity, new hotels have opened up and a new high speed spur for the KTX (bullet train) between Seoul and Pyeongchang will take spectators from the capital (or from Incheon airport) to the Olympic park in about an hour, and deliver a lasting legacy long after the Games.
The famous Seoraksan National Park, the stunning Taebaek mountain range, fortress and temples, is also the focus for the Games. The nearest ski resort is Alpensia, the main stage for the opening ceremony and ski jumping.
As with Europe’s Alps, the mountains are stunning all year round, from winter sports and activities, to beautiful blossom springs, and breath-taking, warm, dry autumn days. South Korea also offers a myriad of festivals, traditional and modern culture, with a vibrant food scene.
Stay in luxury or boutique hotels, feel the vibe of Seoul, and contrast with nearby ancient villages, or the sub-tropical resort island of Jeju for an inspirational two centre trip.
Groups can be on the slopes for 24 hour skiing within an hour of landing in Korea! Many resorts are just 50 mins or so from Seoul, (Pocheon’s Bears Town being a famous and exhilarating resort ) and a few operate all night – see Jisan Forest, not far from Gangnam!
What is great about Korea’s winter sport scene is that resorts are close enough to the city centre that you can even accommodate your groups in Seoul, without having to relocate, offering the best of both worlds, urban and natural.
Full list of resorts
PyeongChang Ski Resorts
With the world watching now, South Korea is demonstrating how to inspire beyond meetings.