Games for Peace
Four months are left for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. It is even more meaningful to gather, enjoy sports and recall the meaning of peace at PyeongChang, because it is located in the proximity of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the last remaining wound from the Cold War. PyeongChang 2018 would be the first candle that would light peace not only on the Peninsula, but also on the Northeast Asia and the world, followed by the series of Olympics: Tokyo in 2020 and Beijing in 2022.
The 23rd Olympic Winter Games will be held from 9th to 25th February, and the 12th Paralympic Winter Games from 9th to 18th March 2018 in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea. Since the Seoul Olympic and Paralympic Games in 1988, it has been 30 years to hold the world most popular sports games in Korea. More than 95 countries are participating in 15 Olympic Games and 6 Paralympic Games. PyeongChang will be the main venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies along with most of snow sports, while Alpine speed events will take place in Jeongseon and ice sports in the coastal city of Gangneung.
The Mascots of the Games are the white tiger Soohorang, the guardian of the peace and safety of the Olympic Games, and the Asian black bear Bandabi, which symbolizes the Paralympics. As the white tiger Soohorang is considered to be a traditional god of Korean mythology which guards townsmen, it protects with passion and enthusiasm every participant in the Olympics. The Asian black bear Bandabi is another symbol of both Korea and Gangwon Province, and its strong will and braveness to keep peace and harmony motivates the participants of the Paralympic Games.
The Republic of Korea, which experienced several international sports games such as the Seoul Olympic and Paralympic Games in 1988 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup, is ready to hold the Games in the most safe and convenient manner. Over 2.3 billion EUR has been invested to build the infrastructure, while the train from Incheon Airport would bring you to PyeongChang in 100 minutes and the transportation between venues would not take more than 30 minutes. With a state-of-the-art command center, video surveillance and 5G environment, all the aspects of the Games in and outside of venues would be wholly monitored.