Pyeongchang's bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics received a strongly favorable appraisal from an evaluation commission of the International Olympic Committee.
In a report on the evaluations of the three candidate cities posted on the IOC website on Tuesday, the commission said Pyeongchang was rated highly for its compact venue plans, reasonable accommodation prices and public support.
The 119-page report analyzed the cities, which also include Munich, Germany and Annecy, France in 17 categories such as overall vision, safety, transportation, accommodation, sports venues and athletes' village.
"Pyeongchang 2018 proposes a compact plan with two Olympic Villages with a short travel time between the villages. Eighty percent of athletes would be able to reach their respective competition venue in less than 10 minutes, while the remaining 20 percent would reach their venue within 30 minutes," the report said.
Pyeongchang also garnered praise for its transport system and strong support from the government and local residents. According to the report, Pyeongchang is supported by 92 percent of its residents, compared to 53 percent in Munich and 63 percent in Annecy.
After the release of the report, foreign media said Pyeongchang appears to be the "front runner."
Following a technical briefing on the candidate cities in Lausanne, Switzerland on May 18 and 19, the IOC will select the winning city in a general assembly in Durban, South Africa on July 6.