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South Korea’s Military the Hidden Help Behind Success of PyeongChang Paralympics

South Korea’s Military the Hidden Help Behind Success of PyeongChang Paralympics

PYEONGCHANG, March 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The Olympic festival for the physically challenged that was the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics had its closing ceremony on March 18. The background from which the Paralympics came into being is closely tied to the military during World War II. Initially intended as a means of rehabilitation for soldiers with [...]

Number of Airbnb Guests in Gangwon Soars 500 Pct during Olympics

Number of Airbnb Guests in Gangwon Soars 500 Pct during Olympics

SEOUL, March 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Airbnb Inc. said Thursday about 15,000 tourists visited PyeongChang and its adjacent cities via the global room-sharing platform during the 2018 Winter Olympics, which wrapped up last week. The number of travelers who made reservations in Gangwon Province, including the Olympic host town of PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east [...]

“Welcome to Gangneung” Lamp Earns Long-Distance Reply from Olympic Athletes

“Welcome to Gangneung” Lamp Earns Long-Distance Reply from Olympic Athletes

GANGNEUNG, March 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Messages from Olympics athletes back home thanking the people of Gangneung for handmade postcards with handwritten messages inscribed and “Welcome to Gangneung” lamps are generating interest among the general public. French skier Marie Martinod and Danish curling skip Madeleine Dupont recently reached out to Gangneung via e-mail. “The welcome [...]

PyeongChang Olympic Spectators Top 1 Mln: Organizers

PyeongChang Olympic Spectators Top 1 Mln: Organizers

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The total number of spectators who have visited the PyeongChang Winter Olympics has surpassed 1 million, with just three days left to the closing ceremony, local organizers said Thursday. “The combined number of spectators as of Wednesday was 1,076,000,” said Sung Baik-you, spokesperson for the PyeongChang Organizing [...]

Poor Showing by Women’s Speed Skating Team Erupts in Factionalism Controversy

Poor Showing by Women’s Speed Skating Team Erupts in Factionalism Controversy

PYEONGCHANG, Feb. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – Moments during and after the South Korean women’s team pursuit quarterfinals performance at the PyeongChang Oympics has sparked an uproar that has yet to settle. Despite finishing seventh out of eight teams that day, the reason for the public outrage has not been the team’s poor record, but what [...]