February 2018

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games have finally arrived.

Korea now welcomes the world for the planet’s biggest celebration of winter sports, an event that also serves as opportunity to introduce visitors — and the sports-watching public overseas — to the scenic beauty, cultural wealth and human warmth of the host province, Gangwon-do, and the host cities of Pyeongchang, Gangneung and Jeongseon. This issue of SEOUL is doing its part, focusing almost exclusively on Pyeongchang and its environs. We explore Pyeongchang and Gangneung’s hot spots, introduce the host region’s unique cuisine, visit some of Gangwon-do’s ski resorts and take a deep dive into Gangneung’s renowned café scene. We even talk with one of the members of Korea’s men’s hockey team to get a personal take on the coming games.

The Lens

Jeongdongjin 2

Special Feature

Winter Sports in Korea 8

Exploring Seoul

Ice Skating in Seoul 18


Pyeongchang and Gangneung 28


Hockey Player Mike Testwuide 36


Edward Kwon 40

Savoring Pyeongchang’s Culinary Games 42


Gangneung’s Coffee Scene 44

Gangwon-do’s Ski and Snowboard Resorts 46

Arts & Entertainment 48


Concerts, Festivals and More 52

Expat Buzz 56