POSTED: Thursday February 10th 2011

Seoul celebrates the opening of a special PyeongChang 2018 subway station

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA, 10 February 2011: As South Korea prepares to welcome the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission next week, the PyeongChang 2018 bid campaign received a further boost today with the announcement that Seoul's Mongchontoseong subway station has been rebranded as a special ‘PyeongChang 2018 Station’.

The Seoul station has been decorated to highlight that the capital city and its residents are united behind PyeongChang's bid for the Winter Games and to show South Korea's passion for winter sports.

Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation (SMRT) runs four subway lines around Seoul, and has decorated the station with three-dimensional artworks celebrating Korea's iconic winter sports moments, many honoured Olympians, as well as striking images of PyeongChang’s local scenery.

The station, situated near Seoul’s Olympic Park, will showcase the special artworks until the IOC announces the Host City for the 2018 Winter Games on 6th July in Durban, South Africa.

At an unveiling ceremony held in the Mongchontoseong station, Seong-jik Eum, Chief Executive of SMRT said: “With the IOC decision fast approaching, SMRT is excited to show its support for PyeongChang’s bid to host the 2018 Winter Games. We are proud to decorate this station as a special PyeongChang 2018 station and help people relive some of Korea's most memorable winter sports moments."

Yang Ho Cho, PyeongChang 2018 Chairman and CEO, said: “On behalf of the PyeongChang 2018 Bid Committee, I would like to thank SMRT for its support as we prepare to welcome the IOC Evaluation Commission next week.

"We have seen an amazing response from people who have travelled through the newly decorated station. Residents from Seoul and people from around the country are delighted to see images of their Olympic heroes and celebrate the spirit of Olympism. This fun and exciting artistic exhibition shows that PyeongChang's bid for the Winter Games has incredible public support, and that Korea is a nation passionate about winter sports.”


The city of PyeongChang in Gangwon Province, South Korea is bidding to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018. The city’s bid is managed by the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Committee, a non-profit organisation that was established on 14 September 2009. The Chairman and CEO of the Bid Committee is Yang Ho Cho, who is also Chairman of Korean Air. Additional members of the PyeongChang 2018 Bid Committee include representatives from all levels of national and local government, the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC), the Korean Paralympic Committee (KPC), winter sports athletes and para-athletes, and private businesses. The election of the Host City of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games will take place during the 123rd International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Durban, South Africa on 6 July 2011.

For further information about PyeongChang’s bid to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, please visit

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Keywords · 2018 · Winter · Olympics · PyeonChang · Bid · Committee · Paralympics · IOC Evaluation Commission · Mongchontoseong · Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation · SMRT

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