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What You Need To Know About Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018

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South Korea’s Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 is coming soon.

Come February 2018, South Korea will be hosting the Olympic Winter Games for the very first time, also the second Olympic Games after the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988.

The announcement of the host country for 2018 Olympic Winter Games came on 7 July 2011, after receiving a majority of approval at the 123rd IOC voting session. This was finally achieved after three consecutive bidding attempts by South Korea.

The coming Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be held at PyeongChang, Gangneung and Jeongseon from 9 February to 25 February 2018.

Official Emblem & Slogan For PyeongChang 2018

As a special identity of Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, an official emblem and slogan were also introduced.

“The emblem symbolises a world open to everyone. It combines the image of ice and snow, winter sports stars (athletes), and people from all over the world, coming together in PyeongChang where heaven meets earth.”

Watch the emblem video.

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Screengrab – pyeongchang2018.com

Slogan video:

Meet the Olympic Mascots

Soohorang and Bandabi, the official mascots of Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, were formally “born” to the world in October 2016.

Soohorang’s motif comes from the white tiger, which is a well-known guardian animal in Korea. The name Soohorang is extremely meaningful. In Korean, Sooho means protection, Rang not only means tiger but is also the last word of “Jeong-seon A-ri-rang”, an important traditional folk song passed down in Gangwon Province where the event will be held. On the other hand, Bandabi is an Asiatic black bear, symbolic of courage and strong will.

Winter Sports Categories

In a summary, athletes will be competing against each other in 102 events over 15 sport disciplines. There are also 6 news events added to this Olympic Winter Games such as Snowboard Big Air (men, women), Speed Skating Mass Start (men, women), Curling Mixed Doubles and Alpine Skiing Team Event.

Screengrab – pyeongchang2018.com

In 2016, Hellokpop was privileged to be part of the Korea Joa programme, where our representatives were invited for a cultural coverage of South Korea. During the programme, we had the opportunity to visit the venue of PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Read more.

The preparations for Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 began as early as 2011 after receiving the official thumbs-up from IOC.

With many years of careful preparations for the coming XXIII Olympic Winter Games by the PyeongChang Organizing Committee, we are looking forward to this event, and hope our readers will join us together in this biggest Olympic dream with South Korea in the coming months.

Stay tuned to Hellokpop as we bring you regular bite-sized updates – counting down from now till the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018!


Appointed by Korea Tourism Organization (Singapore), Hellokpop is the official supporter of 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Supporters team.

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