Pyeongchang Olympic Village construction completed on Friday and prepares to welcome athletes
Updated: 2017-12-15 19:59:24 KST
As one of the last venues to be completed for the upcoming Winter Games, the Pyeongchang Olympic Village was unveiled to the press on Friday.
Authorities from the Olympic host province of Gangwon-do and the culture ministry participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate two-and-a-half years of work.
The village is where some 3-thousand 9-hundred snow sports athletes competing at Pyeongchang venues will be staying during next year's Winter Games.
There are a total of 8 apartment blocks, each up to 15th floors tall.
"This is one of the three types of houses in the village. Each type differs in size and design. This is the largest house.. with 2 bathrooms and 5 bedrooms. It can house up to 8 athletes."
As the houses have been rented for the Olympic season, and must be returned to their owners undamaged, kitchen facilities have been wrapped for safe keeping.
But the facilities team has worked hard to make the village a 'home away from home' for the athletes.
"There are all sorts of services provided in the village. We set up temporary facilities such as a laundry room, prayer room, hair salon and even a residence center where the athletes can ask for help. And for the Paralympics athletes, we will add more facilities like wheelchair ramps to support them."
The village will start hosting athletes from around the world starting February next year.
On Thursday, the Media village located in Gangneung, further east from Pyeongchang was also unveiled for the first time.
Housing some 6-thousand foreign media and marketing clients, the village will be partly open from mid-January.
The organizing committee is putting the final touches on the Olympic venues and will now start further concentrating on welcoming the visitors.
"With the construction of the Olympic venues now technically completed, we will now focus on promotion, ticket sales and improving services to host a successful Olympics and Paralympics for the athletes and visitors."
The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics will be held from February 9th to March 18th in Korea's northeastern cities of Pyeongchang and Gangneung.
Lee Ji-won, Arirang News, Pyeongchang.