December 18, 2017 11:25
The athletes' village for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang was unveiled on Saturday after a two-year-and-five-month construction period.
Looking like an ordinary apartment complex from the outside, the village comprises eight 15-story apartment buildings with capacity to house 3,894 people in 600 units, underground parking and a security office at the front gate.
It will accommodate athletes and officials from different cultures and religions around the world during the Olympics from Feb. 9 to 25 and Paralympics from March 9 to 18, while allowing them to experience Korean culture and tradition.
The village will offer Korean, Chinese and Japanese food as well as vegetarian, halal and kosher buffet meals to accommodate the different needs of global athletes. It also has separate prayer rooms for Christians, Buddhists and Muslims.
To promote the Korean culture and traditions, the village plans to hold various events throughout the Olympics. The residents will be able to write postcards in hangeul, learn about traditional Korean games and watch masked dance performances. They will particularly have a chance to experience Lunar New Year, Korea’s biggest family holiday, which falls on Feb. 16.
The village will set up amenities such as a convenience store, bank, post office, laundrette, fitness center, and flower shop so athletes can buy everything they need without having to leave the grounds.
The village will officially open on Feb. 1.
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