PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Jan. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – For spectators attending the PyeongChang Olympic Games next month, going to sporting events will only be part of the fun.
Several participating nations will run Olympic hospitality houses during the Feb. 9-25 competition. Run by national Olympic committees or corporate sponsors, these hospitality houses will promote countries’ cultures and specialty foods.
The houses will host watch parties for visitors to cheer on their Olympians and celebrate their feats together. There will also be retail shops where visitors can purchase Olympic and national team gear.
These houses will be mostly located at Yongpyong Resort in PyeongChang and Gangneung Olympic Park in Gangneung, a sub-host city of all ice events located just east of PyeongChang.
Some houses will be open to public — either for free or for a fee. Others, such as Italy House, Sweden House and Team USA House, will only be open to Olympic athletes and their families and friends. Team USA House in Yongpyong, in particular, will be open on an invitation only basis and will charge visitors US$300.
Host South Korea will run the Korea House-PyeongChang 2018 Hall in Gangneung. Korea House will be open to public and will hold press conferences for South Korean medalists during the Olympics. It will stay open through the end of the PyeongChang Paralympics on March 19.