Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang South Korea
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Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang South Korea

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 8:09:41 AM

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - In an extraordinary show of unexpected unity, North and South Korea sat side by side Friday night under exploding fireworks that represented peace, not destruction, as the 2018 Winter Olympics opened on a Korean Peninsula riven by generations of anger, suspicion and bloodshed. It is located in Daegwallyeong-myeon, in the precinct of the Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza, about 2 km (1.2 mi) northeast of Alpensia Resort. The 35,000-seat stadium is pentagonal in design. Built on an 80,000-square-metre (860,000 sq ft) site in Hoenggye, it is the final major structure built for these Games. The cost is expected to be ?86 billion ($78 million) for the temporary stadium, which will be dismantled soon after. The approximate elevation is 740 metres (2,430 ft) above sea level. Adjacent to the stadium is an Olympic exhibition hall, traditional food markets, and other attractions, which will remain as heritage facilities, and the medal plaza which will host medal ceremonies.

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