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Olympic heat builds in Pyeongchang and Gangneung with flurry of cultural events Updated: 2018-02-12 10:04:17 KST

Let's start in Pyeongchang-- the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics
There are plenty more exciting events taking place on the ice and snow on this Monday -- day three of the Games.
The weather has been freezing and it's showing no signs of letting up, leaving spectators shivering as they watch the outdoor events.
For more on the weather and the rest of the action, we cross to our Lee Ji-won, who is standing by in Pyeongchang.
Ji-won, we hear this is now the coldest Winter Games since the 1994 Olympics, give us an update on the weather there

Well, it's still extremely cold and was the same throughout the weekend. But thankfully, the temperature has improved a lot compared to morning.
However it is still just minus 6 degrees Celsius, and that's minus 11 degrees with the wind chill.
And due to the strong gusty winds over the weekend, some snow events had to be postponed or even canceled.
Men's downhill alpine skiing was postponed, and women's snowboard slopestyle qualification got canceled, meaning they put all 27 snowboarders straight into Monday's final, where they have just two runs.
But despite the weather, the Olympic heat is still hot in the town and it's safe to say the fans are having a great time.


"And the atmosphere, you can't feel the atmosphere at home. The cheering, the music, the commentary, the enthusiasm you can't feel that at home."


"We came because we wanted to be at this historic site and moment and to cheer for Team Korea. The Olympic heat sure is great here "

Well, Jiwon, it's good to see so many people enjoying it despite the cold. Outside of the sports though there are a ton of cultural events and performances taking place, we also hear that you've been to a couple yourself

Yeah, that's right. Organizers hope to make the PyeongChang Olympics' a "culture Olympics", and there are various events happening around the venues, many of which are free.
Near the PyeongChang Olympic Plaza is "PyeongChang Festival Park" which hosts different cultural performances every hour, including a Chinese circus and a jazz band.
Another corner has booths filled with Korean and international food for visitors to try.
Let's hear from some people that indulged in those


"Yeah it's great. I'm glad that they are doing that because it gives us opportunity to see more than just sports but to actually understand the culture a little more. Now we want to see more."


"We came over here and saw the food and wanted to try the different dishes. We never had Korean food before and now we've came back today to try some other things."

And it's not just the eyes and the taste buds that are entertained.
Visitors can also get active by enjoying winter activities like sledding at the Daegwallyeong Snow Festival.


"We saw that this place has a snow festival being held and so we dropped by to ride some sled. It was really fun and it kind of gives us a feeling that we're all part of the Olympics."

Now these are just some of the MANY festivals have opened here.
So for those of you who are interested in finding out more about when and where you can enjoy these cultural events, check out the website on the screen and make sure you to enjoy your trip in PyeongChang and Gangneung to the fullest.
Back to you, Mark.
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