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Pyeongchang to offer insight into charms of South Korean culture

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With the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics kicking off Feb. 9, I toured the South Korean host city.

Starting off with the Olympic stadium where the Opening Ceremony will be held, I was assailed by a powerful stench of fish. It came from a nearby huge open space where strung-up Alaskan pollock were being air-dried.

Thousands of pollock, or perhaps tens of thousands, were swaying in the north wind.

"This is the high season," explained a local resident. "This area has been the nation's top producer of dried pollocks since time immemorial."

The individual said the hill where the stadium now stands used to be a pollock drying place.

The stadium has no roof. I wondered if athletes and........

© The Asahi Shimbun