Pyeongchang County

Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • Revised Romanization Pyeongchang-gun
 • McCune-Reischauer P'yŏngch'ang-gun [1]
Alpensia Resort and a wind farm in Pyeongchang
Alpensia Resort and a wind farm in Pyeongchang
Official logo of Pyeongchang
Emblem of Pyeongchang
Etymology: "peaceful" or "flatland", "prosperity" or "flourishing"
Location in Gangwon Province, South Korea
Location in Gangwon Province, South Korea
Country South Korea
Province Gangwon-do
Administrative divisions 1 eup, 7 myeon
 • Total 1,463.65 km2 (565.12 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 43,666
 • Density 30/km2 (80/sq mi)
 • Dialect Gangwon
Time zone UTC+9

Pyeongchang (Korean pronunciation:  [pʰjʌŋtɕʰaŋ]; in full, Pyeongchang-gun [pʰjʌŋtɕʰaŋɡun]; English: ŋ/ [2]) is a county in the province of Gangwon-do, South Korea, located in the Taebaek Mountains region. It is home to several Buddhist temples, including Woljeongsa. It is about 180 km (110 mi) east southeast of Seoul, the capital of South Korea, and connected by expressways and high-speed passenger railways. Pyeongchang's slogan, "Happy 700 Pyeongchang", is taken from its average elevation of approximately 700 metres (2,300 ft).

Pyeongchang is currently hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics and will host the 2018 Winter Paralympics. [3] To avoid confusion with Pyongyang, North Korea, it has been officially rebranded as "PyeongChang" for the Olympics and the Paralympics. [4]


Pyeongchang region was ruled by the Goguryeo Dynasty during the Three Kingdoms period, and it was called Uk-o-hyeon (욱오현). [5] After the Silla dynasty conquered the Goguryeo Dynasty and Baekje Dynasty, it was renamed Baek-o-hyeon (백오현). [6]

After the Goryeo Dynasty was established, it renamed Pyeongchang-hyeon. Then, it was under control of Wonju. [7] When a 10-provincial system was enforced, the north of Pyeongchang region was involved in Sakbang-do, and the south of the region was involved in Jungwon-do. When a new administrative system was carried out by King Hyeonjong, the east of the region was involved in Dong-gyeo, and the rest of it was included in Yanggwang-do. An administrator for the region was sent from the central government, and it became independent of Wonju in 1299. [8]

After the Joseon Dynasty was founded, the region was promoted from a hyeon to a county. [9] After the territory was divided into 8 Provinces under the reign of King Taejong, it was involved in Gangwon-do. [10] After the territory was divided into 23 districts in 1895 with the 8-provincial system abolished, it was included in Chugju-bu. When a 13-provincial system was enacted in 1896, it was involved in Gangwon-do. [11]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Pyeongchang
Bân-lâm-gú: Pyeongchang Kūn
башҡортса: Пхёнчхан
беларуская: Пхёнчхан
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Пхёнчхан
български: Пьонгчанг
brezhoneg: Pyeongchang
català: Pyeongchang
čeština: Pchjongčchang
Cymraeg: Pyeongchang
Deutsch: Pyeongchang
Ελληνικά: Πιόνγκτσανγκ
español: Pieonchang
Esperanto: Pjonĉango
euskara: Pyeongchang
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Pyeongchang Khiùn
한국어: 평창군
Հայերեն: Փհենչհան
hrvatski: Pyeongchang
Bahasa Indonesia: Pyeongchang
Interlingue: Pyeongchang
Basa Jawa: Pyeongchang
ქართული: ფიონგჩანგი
Кыргызча: Пйоңчаң
latviešu: Phjončhana
magyar: Phjongcshang
Bahasa Melayu: Pyeongchang
монгол: Пёнчан-гүнь
Nāhuatl: Pyeongchang
Nederlands: Pyeongchang
日本語: 平昌郡
norsk nynorsk: Pyeongchang
occitan: Pyeongchang
Picard: Pyeongchang
polski: Pjongczang
português: Pyeongchang
română: Pyeongchang
русский: Пхёнчхан
Simple English: Pyeongchang
slovenčina: Pchjongčchang
slovenščina: Pjongčang
српски / srpski: Пјонгчанг
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Pjongčang
svenska: Pyeongchang
Türkçe: Pyeongchang
українська: Пхьончхан
Tiếng Việt: Pyeongchang
文言: 平昌郡
吴语: 平昌郡
Yorùbá: Pyeongchang
粵語: 平昌
中文: 平昌郡