Thinking about a Trip to Korea? Make Time to See These Sights

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Here’s the lay of the land for the 2018 Games, as well as some top destinations to check out should you decide to make the trek to South Korea.

Jeju Island

Serious hikers need to scratch the 260-mile, 21-route Jeju Olle Trail off their bucket lists. The island enjoys comparatively warm winters, making it the perfect post-Olympics adventure. 

Image via Tuomas Lehtinen

Gyeongju

The Silla Kingdom reigned from 57 B.C. to A.D. 935, and, remarkably, its ancient capital remains. The eighth-century Bulguksa Temple is a must-see while in the country. 

Image via UNESCO World Heritage / Getty

Konjiam Resort

Hit this nine-slope, limited-capacity resort 45 minutes outside Seoul if you want to avoid the Olympic crowds bound to befall Pyeongchang. 

Image via Konjiam Resort

High 1 Resort

If you want to skip a day of spectating to shred, High 1 is one of the few top Gangwon-do Province ski resorts not being commandeered by the Olympics. To boot, it relies on far less artificial snow than other area resorts and boasts 18 different runs. 

Image via Enjoy Korea

Olympic Mountain Events

Most ski, sled, and snowboard events will be held at seven venues at or near Alpensia and Yongpyong, two of the country’s most well-regarded resorts. The sites sit within the Taebaek Mountains, known as the Korean Alps, and most lie about 50 miles from the DMZ along the North Korean border. 

Image via Michael Heiman / Getty

Olympic Indoor Events

Curling, hockey, and skating events will take place in Gangneung, one of Korea’s top tourist cities, beloved for its beaches and historical sites. While Pyeongchang County is sparsely populated, with 43,700 residents, Gangneung has a bustling 219,300. 

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