|Revised Romanization||Yongpyeong Rijoteu|
Yongpyong (Dragon Valley) Ski Resort is a ski resort in South Korea, located in Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do. It is the largest ski and snowboard resort in Korea, and offers golf in the summer months.
Yongpyong is owned by the Unification Church (the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity), a new religious movement founded by Sun Myung Moon, through the Tongil Group. Yongpyeong-myeon, a nearby township (myeon), is not related to the resort.
The ski season runs from November to early April. It has 31 slopes such as Yellow, Mega Green, Pink, Red, New Red, Blue, Red Paradise, Silver, Silver Paradise, Gold Valley, Gold Fantastic, Gold Paradise, New Gold, Rainbows 1,2,3 and 4, Rainbow Paradise, 15 different lift facilities, including one gondola at a length of 3.7 km (2.3 mi), and Korea's largest ski house (Dragon Plaza).
Yongpyong Resort has hosted men's World Cup technical events in four seasons (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006) with giant slalom on the Rainbow 1 slope and slalom on Rainbow 3. It was one of the three main sites of the 1999 Asian Winter Games which were hosted by Gangwon. It was the site of the IPC Disabled Alpine World Cup and the 2009 Biathlon World Championships, although the event was marred by lack of snow due to an unseasonable warmth, and criticized for poor spectator attendance.
Yongpyong will host the technical alpine skiing events for the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang. It was also part of the unsuccessful bids for the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics (missing out to Vancouver and Sochi, respectively). With a greater vertical drop, Jeongseon Alpine Centre was developed to host the alpine speed events of Downhill, Super-G, and Combined.
The capacity of the venue for these events is 12,000 (4,500 seats / 7,500 standing).
The resort was also used as a filming location for 2013 Seoul Broadcasting System drama That Winter, the Wind Blows. The filming, during a two nights and three days film shoot at the Resort, was featured in a pictorial in Issue 97 March 2013 edition of fashion magazine, High Cut, with lead actors Jo In-sung and Song Hye-kyo featured on the cover.
It was also featured in the Korean drama Goblin (2016–17) and the Korean drama Sad Love Story (2005).
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- Hong, Grace Danbi (8 March 2013). "That Winter, The Wind Blows Gets Beautifully Captured on High Cut". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
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