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Cable cars and robot routes – five weird and wonderful ways the Olympic torch is travelling to PyeongChang

|||INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 01:  The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics torch is seen to celebrate 100 days to go and the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics torch during a torch relay on November 1, 2017 in Incheon, South Korea.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Torch Relay has some fascinating modes of transport, here’s five of them…

Turtle Ship

A type of ship used by the Korean military from the 15th to 19th century, its name comes from its shell-like protective layer on the deck. They played a key role in fighting off the Japanese invasion of the 16th century, with its five types of cannon capable of reaching a range of up to 500 metres. The turtle ship voyage will take place in Hansando Island.


A novel way to carry the torch sees robots temporarily transporting the torch in their own relay. It will take place in Jeju and Deajeon to help celebrate what are hubs of science and technology in South Korea.

Zip wire

During the course of the 101 days of the Torch Relay journey, the Olympic flame will be carried by the Jeongseon Zip Wire. It will go over Bamseom Island, an uninhabited island which resembles the shape of the mainland and is regularly home to a host of migratory birds, including mallards, egrets, mandarins and kestrels.

Marine bike

On South Korea’s east coast lies Samcheok, which boasts an ocean railbike. It is effectively a four-wheeled bike on a 5.4 kilometre rail track propelled by human power and with stunning views of the East Sea, as well as other tourist attractions along the route.

Cable car

In Yeosu there are two types of cable car connecting the mainland with Dolsan Island but they are not necessarily for the faint-hearted. One is standard, the other a crystal cabin, which is transporting the torch, allowing you to see through from the base of your cable car directly to the ocean below.


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