The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang: In between a mega sporting event and a mega construction project

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This paper examines the political economy of the development projects associated with the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. The province of Gangwon where this Olympic town is located is an environmentally and strategically important territory due to the natural beauty of the land the geographical proximity to North Korea. Understandably, the development of PyeongChang and surrounding areas had been strictly regulated. The Winter Olympics awarded to PyeongChang changed this situation as hosting this sports mega-event inevitably involves building new sport facilities and social infrastructure. Yet, because of the high environmental and financial costs of the mega construction projects associated with the mega sporting event, a number of civic organisations in the host country protested against this developmental plan, suggesting more sustainable options. Nevertheless, the central and local governments favoured the original idea. Large construction companies won contracts to build Olympic stadiums and infrastructure. The problems lie in the fact that many buildings and transportation networks are being constructed exclusively for the Winter Olympics without a clear plan for the use of these expensive facilities in the post-event period. It seems that only private enterprises economically benefit from the Olympic related construction while the public sector is likely to be burdened by sheer operation and maintenance costs after the Winter Olympics.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2018
EventRegeneration, Enterprise, Sport and Tourism : 2nd Research Seminar and Workshop - Liverpool John Moore University, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Feb 201821 Feb 2018


SeminarRegeneration, Enterprise, Sport and Tourism
Abbreviated titleREST
CountryUnited Kingdom


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