Alepensia ski resort in Pyeongchang, Gangwondo, is one of the most well known ski resorts in Korea, and I have been lucky enough to visit a couple of times (in both summer and winter) which I will post about later. Located at the resort is the Ski Jumping tower and stadium which will be used to host the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
30 minutes walk, or a few minutes in a car up a mountain from the hotels of Alpensia, is the location of the stadium and ski jumping tower. To get to the tower from the main stadium, you can take the mono-rail (2000Won fare), then from there take a guided tour of the jumping facilities and get an amazing view of the surrounding mountains and ski fields from the top! It’s definitely a really unique view and experience seeing what the athletes go through to compete in the winter sport.
From the top you can look down into the stadium which seats 28,000 people. During the winter Olympics in 2018 the stadium will be extended to seat 60,000!
Within the stadium itself is also a museum dedicated to winter sports and is quite interesting to spend some time looking through (I’ll post some more details about this later too).
Like the locks of love on Seoul’s Namsan Tower, here there are also locks which couples attach to the railing with written messages, then toss away the key to symbolize unbreakable love.
If you’re in Pyeongchang for some skiing or boarding, take an hour of your time and enjoy the breath-taking views and experience the thrill of being on the edge of the ski jumping tower!