PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games announces ticket prices

Tickets to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony will cost 200,000 won ($174) to 1.5 million won.

The organizing committee for the games announced Monday ticket prices for the opening and closing ceremonies and individual games. Closing ceremony tickets are priced from 220,000 won to 950,000 won. The opening and closing ceremonies are the third and fifth, respectively, most anticipated events among Koreans, according to a survey of 1,741 Koreans on popularity of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games events.

쏷he ticket prices have been set based on extensive market research and comparisons with previous Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Sochi, said Yeo Hyung-koo, secretary general of the organizing committee, at a news conference Monday in Seoul.

Ticket prices are on par with the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 and slightly lower than the Sochi Games in 2014. The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games will take place for 17 days from Feb. 9-25 in 2018.

Prices for tickets to individual events range from 20,000 won to 900,000 won.

Admissions to short track speed skating competitions, the most popular among Koreans, range from 55,000 won to 550,000 won. Tickets for short, free and gala programs for figure skating, the second most popular winter sport here, range from 165,000 won to 800,000 won.

Tickets to qualifying rounds for bobsled and skeleton, where Korean athletes have shown great progress recently, start at 20,000 won and 40,000 won for the final rounds.

One of the most expensive tickets is for men셲 ice hockey, a traditionally popular winter sport, with tickets for the final rounds costing 300,000 won to 900,000 won.

The committee plans to issue a total of 1,170,000 tickets with 70 percent of them expected to sell within the country and 30 percent to be sold to visitors from 84 different countries.

Ticket sales will open in October 2017 on the mobile site of the organizing committee for both Koreans and foreigners. Tickets can only be purchased with Visa cards or by cash.

For more information, visit www.pyeongchang2018.com.혻

By Lee Woo-young (wylee@heraldcorp.com)