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Jan 22, 2018

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays

Every Olympic Games it's the same story. The host nation has a plan with all the expensive new facilities they are building once the Games have gone. However, more often than not, these same buildings end up abandoned for they are simply to big and too expensive to keep in decent standing for the local population.
As South Korea prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympics in a raft of new sporting venues, the abandoned Alps Ski Resort, 60 miles away, stands in grim contrast, as the future of South Korea's new facilities remains uncertain.

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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Abandoned Alps Ski Resort is seen near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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Ruined entrance of the abandoned Alps Ski Resort is seen near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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A reception desk of the abandoned Alps Ski Resort is seen near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 16, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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A poster of the snow-covered resort hangs on a wall at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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A chair, a broom and a hanger stand in the main hall of the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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A poster of the snow-covered resort hangs on a wall at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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Staircase is seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 16, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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Broken fans lie on the ground at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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A ruined swimming pool is seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 16, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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Light bulbs, bowls and plates lie on a windowsill at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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An entrance of the Alps nightclub is seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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Tableware lies on shelves at a restaurant of the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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A ski lift tower is seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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A tourist map of Goseong hangs on a wall at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 16, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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Ski lift station and decommissioned ski lift chairs are seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A Fischer ski lies in grass at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "KOREA ALPS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Ski lift chairs hang at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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Decommissioned ski lift chairs are seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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Toilets are piled up at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 16, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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An abandoned ski rental shop stands in front of the Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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An operation room for ski lifts is seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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Pairs of skis are seen at an abandoned ski rental shop in front of the Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Ski boots lie at an abandoned ski rental shop in front of the Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

Ahead of South Korea’s Olympics, a ski resort decays
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An abandoned gas station stands near the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 17, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Abandoned Alps Ski Resort is seen near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, January 16, 2018. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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