POSTED: January 4th 2016

Olympics: 2018 PyeongChang House officially opens in Gangneung

Opening of the 2018 PyeongChang House © POCOG
Opening of the 2018 PyeongChang House © POCOG

Enjoying the new 4D experience room in the 2018 PyeongChang House © POCOG
Enjoying the new 4D experience room in the 2018 PyeongChang House © POCOG

Tour of the newly opened 2018 PyeongChang House © POCOG
Tour of the newly opened 2018 PyeongChang House © POCOG

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) In Gangneung at the Green-city Convention Center, the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) officially opened the "2018 PyeongChang House" doors. This unique hospitality venue was designed to showcase the environmentally friendly theme of the 2018 Games and to promote the PyeongChang 2018. Gangneung will also stage the ice events for the Games.

The 2018 PyeongChang House will be a central point for teaching the Olympic values and showing Games preparations to the public. With the enthusiasm for the Games growing, a significant amount of teenagers and youth are anticipated to attend.

Those present at the opening of the house included Governor of Gangwon Province, Kim Si-sung; Chairman of the Gangwon Provincial Assembly; President of POCOG, Choi Moon-soon; and Mayors of the Host & Venue Cities such as Jeongseon, Gangneung, and PyeongChang.

"The newly-opened 2018 PyeongChang House will serve as the primary place where the public can see the journey of winning the bid as well as Games preparations. It will contribute to raising public interest in the Olympics and Winter Sports, and boost public enthusiasm about the 2018 Games," expressed POCOG Director General of Communications, Shin Mucho.

The colors and branding of the public house mirror the PyeongChang 2018 official emblem, and it was designed with a winter snow theme. The building was created out of a recycled container, showing one environmentally friendly aspect of the building.

Furthermore, the layout has five different sections encompassing the main exhibition room that displays models that represent the 11 winter sports disciplines. It also includes a Wishing Trees, which are lit by colorful, eco-friendly LED lights that allow guests to express their desires for the 2018 Games. The entry area has been constructed to illustrate the PyeongChang 2018 bid story. There is also a 4D experience room offering a virtual experience of winter sports for those who visit. Inside and out of the center will be artwork balls to engage fans and draw attention.

POCOG kicks off the New Year with the opening of the new house. The staff and leadership of POCOG are dedicated to hosting successful test events and Games.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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