Pyeongchang (평창군, 平昌郡, flat.prosperous.county) is a county in Gangwon-do. The population as of 2004 was 45,482, including:
- 45,311 Koreans and
- 171 non-Koreans.
- Area: 1,463.74㎢
- Population density: 32/㎢ (2002.12)
- Number of households: 16,971 (2002.12)
- Administrative divisions: 1 eup, 7 myeon
- Location of county office: 210-2 Ha-ri, Pyeongchang-eup, Pyeongchang-gun (평창군 평창읍 하리 210-2)
- County flower: 작약
- County tree: 전나무
- County bird: Magpie (까치)
To the east is the county of Jeongseon, to the northeast is the city of Gangneung, to the north is the county of Hongcheon, to the west is the county of Hoengseong, and to the south is the county of Yeongwol.
As Pyeongchang does not reach the sea it has a continental climate, and it has a colder climate than any other region in the country. This, of course, is one of the reasons why it has been selected as Korea's bid for the 2014 Olympic Games as well as the bid for the 2010 Olympic Games that it nearly won, losing in the second round to Vancouver. The average yearly temperature is 10.3℃, the average temperature in January is －6.3℃, and the average in August is 24.5℃. The average yearly precipitation is 1,082mm.
Pyeongchang has a total of:
- 20 kindergartens,
- 27 elementary schools,
- 8 junior high schools,
- 5 high schools (2 literary and 3 industrial),
for a total of 60 schools and 6795 students.
- See List of banks in Pyeongchang