© Provided by Business Insider Gangneung Olympic Park.JPG Pyeongchang 2018
When a city is chosen to host the Olympics, the country's government usually shells out hundreds of millions to build extravagant venues for the athletes and fans.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, which starts on Friday, will be no exception.
The Korean central government has taken on half of the $62.6 million in costs for building a new stadium for the winter games' opening and closing ceremonies in Pyeongchang. The country has also spent more than $1.5 billion on the Alpensia ski resort, which will serve as a main Olympic venue. In total, the 2018 Winter Olympics will cost South Korea about $12.9 billion, nearly double the amount the country projected when it won the bid in 2011.
While some of the minimalist venues appear to blend in with the snow, others, characterized by sweeping curved lines, look ultra-futuristic.
Check out these structures below:
The 2018 Winter Olympics will start in the ski resort town of Pyeongchang, South Korea.© Provided by Business Insider Wikipedia Commons
The Alpensia Ski Resort will serve as the main venue for outdoor sports, including ski jumping, biathlon, cross-country skiing, and luge. The resort includes seven smaller venues within it.© Provided by Business Insider Reuters
One of these venues is the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre. Completed in 2008, it features two slopes, which are 210 feet long and 320 feet long. The drops are steep.© Provided by Business Insider Reuters
At the bottom, there's this sculpture of a skier.© Provided by Business Insider Reuters
Alpensia's Cross-Country Centre will host biathlon and cross-country skiing tournaments. Spectators will watch from inside the slender and short building pictured below.© Provided by Business Insider Getty Images
The 44-acre Alpensia Sliding Centre has a maze of chutes for bobsleigh, skeleton (in which individual athletes ride small sleds), and luge events. It was completed in late 2017.© Provided by Business Insider Pyeongchang 2018
The center's construction cost approximately $114.5 million.© Provided by Business Insider Getty Images
For slalom events, athletes will go to the Yongpyong Alpine Centre. The main building is derived from traditional Hanok design.© Provided by Business Insider Getty Images
Dubbed the Dragon Zone, the Alpine's summit is 4,783 feet above sea level and 2,530 feet above ground level.© Provided by Business Insider Getty Images
Athletes will live in the Olympic Village, which consists of eight 15-story buildings in Pyeongchang.© Provided by Business Insider Pyeongchang 2018
The village has a dining facility, laundry facility, general store, bank, post office, and recreational center. Athletes will sleep in beds outfitted with bright comforters in simple rooms.© Provided by Business Insider Getty Images
Freestyle skiing and snowboard competitions will happen at the Bokwang Snow Park in the township of Bongpyeong-myeon.© Provided by Business Insider Getty Images
The Olympians will launch from the top of this slope.© Provided by Business Insider Getty Images
One of the newest and largest venues is the Hockey Centre, completed in 2017 in the coastal city of Gangneung.© Provided by Business Insider PyeongChang
The octagon-shaped stadium fits 10,000 people.© Provided by Business Insider Getty Images
The Gangneung Curling Centre was renovated in 2015 and 2016 for this year's winter games. The stadium now features blue accents on its facade.© Provided by Business Insider Pyeongchang 2018
The complex centers around four ice curling sheets, each with a bullseye.© Provided by Business Insider Getty Images
The Gangneung Ice Arena, which has a rounder facade, will host short-track speed skating and figure skating.© Provided by Business Insider Gangneung Ice Arena
At night, its exterior lights up.© Provided by Business Insider AP
Dark cerulean seats fill the arena.© Provided by Business Insider Getty Images
Gangneung's silver Oval complex is shaped like an ... you guessed it.© Provided by Business Insider YouTube/Screenshot
Inside, there are blue accents on the ice, which is surrounded by orange seats.© Provided by Business Insider Getty Images
Similarly, the Kwandong Hockey Centre features a sleek, silver exterior.© Provided by Business Insider Getty Images
The hockey arena's interior looks similar to the other stadiums, but it features teal seats.© Provided by Business Insider Getty Images
The opening and closing ceremonies will happen at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. The red and orange seats are likely a nod toward the Olympic torch.© Provided by Business Insider Reuters
The 2018 games will last from February 9 to February 25.
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