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Ahead of South Korea's Olympics, a ski resort decays
As the country 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.
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January 19, 2018
A ruined swimming pool is seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
A ruined swimming pool is seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
Ski lift chairs hang at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
Ski lift chairs hang at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. Located close to the border with North Korea, the resort had been used for skiing since the period of Japan's colonial rule in the early 20th century and was South Korea's oldest when it closed its doors in 2006.

Its decline was caused by a drop in the number of people taking part in skiing, a phenomenon that has continued since the resort's closure.

REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
A ski lift tower is seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
A ski lift tower is seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
A Fischer ski lies in grass at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
A Fischer ski lies in grass at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. The number of South Koreans skiing has been on the decline since 2012 from its peak around 6.8 million in the 2011-2012 winter ski season, according to data from the Ski Resort Business Association of Korea.

In the 2016-2017 season around 4.8 million South Koreans took to the slopes. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
Ski lift station and decommissioned ski lift chairs are seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
Ski lift station and decommissioned ski lift chairs are seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
A poster of the snow-covered resort hangs on a wall at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
A poster of the snow-covered resort hangs on a wall at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
Abandoned Alps Ski Resort is seen near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
Abandoned Alps Ski Resort is seen near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
Ruined entrance of the abandoned Alps Ski Resort is seen near the demilitarized zone separating the two...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
Ruined entrance of the abandoned Alps Ski Resort is seen near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
A reception desk of the abandoned Alps Ski Resort is seen near the demilitarized zone separating the...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
A reception desk of the abandoned Alps Ski Resort is seen near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
A poster of the snow-covered resort hangs on a wall at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
A poster of the snow-covered resort hangs on a wall at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
A chair, a broom and a hanger stand in the main hall of the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
A chair, a broom and a hanger stand in the main hall of the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
Staircase is seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
Staircase is seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
Tableware lies on shelves at a restaurant of the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
Tableware lies on shelves at a restaurant of the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
Light bulbs, bowls and plates lie on a windowsill at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
Light bulbs, bowls and plates lie on a windowsill at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
A tourist map of Goseong hangs on a wall at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
A tourist map of Goseong hangs on a wall at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
Decommissioned ski lift chairs are seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
Decommissioned ski lift chairs are seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
An operation room for ski lifts is seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
An operation room for ski lifts is seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
An abandoned ski rental shop stands in front of the Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
An abandoned ski rental shop stands in front of the Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
Pairs of skis are seen at an abandoned ski rental shop in front of the Alps Ski Resort located near the...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
Pairs of skis are seen at an abandoned ski rental shop in front of the Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
Ski boots lie at an abandoned ski rental shop in front of the Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
Ski boots lie at an abandoned ski rental shop in front of the Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
Toilets are piled up at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
Toilets are piled up at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
An abandoned gas station stands near the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
An abandoned gas station stands near the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
An entrance of the Alps nightclub is seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
An entrance of the Alps nightclub is seen at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
Broken fans lie on the ground at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
Broken fans lie on the ground at the abandoned Alps Ski Resort located near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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January 19, 2018
Abandoned Alps Ski Resort is seen near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South...
Goseong, South Korea
The Wider Image: South Korea's ghost ski resort
Abandoned Alps Ski Resort is seen near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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