Traditional Korean village during olympics with a temple at the top of a hill

Korea – Winter Olympics 2018 have begun!

The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang

The 23rd Winter Olympics have now officially started after the opening ceremony in South Korea, Pyeongchang. Athletes from 92 countries are taking part in the Winter Olympics, which will be a new record for the Winter games.The opening ceremony’s message was centered on peace and living together in harmony, with five children from the rural Gangwon province leading the ceremony together with the official mascot the white tiger, Soohorang.

A black and a white bear are standing on a table in korea. Meet Soohorang, the mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games!

The Olympic Spirit

Soohorang, the mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, took its motif from the white tiger. The white tiger has been long considered Korea’s guardian animal. “Sooho”, meaning protection in Korean, symbolizes the protection offered to the athletes, spectators and other participants of the 2018 Games. “Rang” comes from the middle letter of “Ho-rang-i”, the Korean word for “tiger,” and is also the last letter of “Jeong-seon A-ri-rang”, a cherished traditional folk song of Gangwon Province, where the Games will be held.

Five flags are fluttering in the wind during the olympic winter games in Korea. North and South Korea marched under one flag during the opening ceremony. Photo by Earthtrip / CC BY

Passion Connected

Fitting to the theme of the Winter Olympics the two Korea’s marched together during the Parade of the Nations under the Korean unification flag. The flag includes the map of the unified Korea which is said to look like the white tiger Soohorang.

You might also be interested in: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About South Korea!

The games will feature over one hundred events in fifteen different sports. The Olympics are held until the 25th of February when the closing ceremony will be performed.

Find out more about studying in Korea

Asia Exchange is a Finnish company providing study abroad opportunities in Asia Pacific for students from all around the world. Want to get travel tips and new blog posts straight to your inbox? Subscribe to our monthly newsletter! If you have any questions about studying abroad, feel free to contact us! We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

This article was written by our Planning Officer Sami!

Categories

Recent Posts

Keep on Reading

Vietnam city life Ho Chi Minh City

Gap year programs abroad after high school or university

Are you about to graduate High School or university? But you are unsure about your next chapter in life?  A gap year program is a perfect solution if you want to travel the world and discover a study field of your interest while making friends from all over the world. I’m pretty sure one of Asia Exchange’s and Beyond Abroad’s gap year programs is for you. Choose between one of the following universities in Asia, Europe, or Latin America. 

Read More »

6 Benefits of studying abroad

You may have looked up online about the general benefits of studying abroad. Let’s dive a little deeper and see it from a bigger picture. Why should you consider studying abroad? Besides a life-changing experience, enhancing your global network and making you become more culturally aware and internationalized. What is else there?

Read More »
girl beach

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying In Bali

My decision to apply for a semester abroad in Bali was spontaneous. Consequently, I wrote my last exam at my home University in Germany, packed my bags, and hopped on a plane to Bali one day later. After all, it was one of the best decisions in my whole life! However, there are some things I wish I had known before going to Bali. Here are my top 10:

Read More »