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Ticket lottery for 2018 Winter Olympics to open next week

All News 11:36 February 02, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Yonhap) -- The online ticket lottery for the first Winter Olympics in South Korea will open next week, when the countdown to the competition reaches one year, its organizers said Thursday.

The organizing committee for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games said the first window to apply for tickets will stay open from 2 p.m. next Thursday to April 23. PyeongChang, located some 180 kilometers east of Seoul in Gangwon Province, will mark the one-year countdown to the Olympics on the first day of the lottery.

The lottery is only open to those logging in from Korea. Overseas applicants must go through a separate ticketing agency, with the list of such agencies to be announced next week.

Only the winners of the lottery will be able to purchase tickets. They will be announced on May 8, and payments can only be made with Visa credit cards or through bank transfers.

The organizing committee said a person may purchase up to 50 tickets -- four per person for "high-demand" events and eight per person for all others.

High-demand sessions are: the opening and closing ceremonies, figure skating, short track, speed skating (all events except for the men's 10,000), hockey (the men's semifinals, bronze medal game and final, and the women's final), curling finals and ski jumping finals. Tickets to short track and figure skating, for instance, start at 150,000 won (US$130). The cheapest tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies are 220,000 won.

Applications may be submitted at PyeongChang's website, www.pyeongchang2018.com. The English-language site can be reached at www.pyeongchang2018.com/horizon/eng/index.asp.

PyeongChang said about 60 percent of tickets for high demand events and 80 percent of all other sessions will be available for purchase during the first window.

Tickets may be purchased in real time during the online general sales period starting on Sept. 5. The on-site sales will commence in October.

There will be 1.18 million tickets on sale, with 30 percent of them to be sold outside Korea.


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