PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA

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The South Korean county of Pyeongchang has stolen news­pa­per head­lines for its host­ing of one of the world’s big­gest sporting events: the Olympic Win­ter Games and Par­a­lympics in Fe­bru­ary. The good news for pow­der hounds is that the ex­cep­tion­ally well­groomed ski runs and jump cen­ter in Alpen­sia are now just an hour’s com­mute from the Korean cap­i­tal, thanks to a new high-speed rail line that con­nects Seoul and In­cheon In­ter­na­tional Air­port with the county. But Pyeongchang’s moun­tains hold an al­lure that ex­tends be­yond their snow­fields. The re­gion is home to Odae­san Na­tional Park, South Korea’s largest nat­u­ral for­est, dot­ted with im­por­tant re­li­gious sites in­clud­ing Wol­jeongsa Bud­dhist temple and sev­en­th­cen­tury Sang­wonsa, home to the old­est bronze bell in the na­tion.

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