PyeongChang Winter Olympics kick off with grand opening ceremony

PyeongChang Winter Olympics kick off with grand opening ceremony

The PyeongChang Winter Olympics are now officially
underway after a breathtaking opening ceremony in the host city on Friday night. It was a visual spectacle packed with fireworks,
dancers and even some augmented reality. However,… the show-stopper for most people
was seeing Korean athletes proudly entering the stadium under the unified flag. Lee Ji-won reports from Pyeongchang. The long-awaited 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics
kicked off Friday evening with a grand opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium. Under the theme ‘Peace in Motion’, the ceremony
focused on the journey of five children searching for answers to ‘peace,’… and featured Korean
legends and history as well as performances that showcased Korea’s rich culture to the
world. From musical numbers to drone performances,
the ceremony showed the traditional beauty of Korea, in harmony with the country’s fast
evolving technological development. President Moon Jae-in and the first lady enjoyed
the ceremony, along with other VIPs from around the world,.. including U.S. Vice President
Mike Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well as Kim Yo-jong, the sister of
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and IOC President Thomas Bach. The moment to remember for Koreans was the
two Koreas marching in together. Under the unification flag, athletes from
North and South walked in last… to huge cheers as the Korean folk song Arirang played
in the background. South Korean bobsledder Won Yun-jong and North
Korean ice hockey player Hyong Chung-gum were the joint flag bearers. And finally, having completed its 101-day
relay around 2,018 kilometers of South Korea, the Olympic Torch finally arrived at the Olympic
Plaza in PyeongChang. South and North Korean ice hockey players
Park Jong-ah and Jong Su-hyon passed the torch to the nation’s legendary figure skating queen
and former Olympic champion, Kim Yuna, who ignited the Olympic cauldron signifying the
official start of the Games. With the Olympic cauldron flickering on Korean
soil for the first time in 30 years, PyeongChang and the sub-host city of Gangneung are already
throbbing with visitors from around the world… here to enjoy the sports and to soak in Korea’s
unique culture along the way. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News, Pyeongchang.

33 Replies to “PyeongChang Winter Olympics kick off with grand opening ceremony”

  1. The Opening ceremony was so beautiful!! Hope many people around the world are more interested in Korea and Korean culture after the Pyeongchang Olympics 2018 !!😊👍

  2. #FantasticBaby by #BIGBANG was one of the songs that were played..the very song that was blasted at top volume at North Korean soldiers a few years ago 😆🙊

  3. I am from Korea and I agree that Kim Yuna is AWESOME!!! I really liked the opening ceremony, which I watched last night at Korean School. I hope you guys like Korea!!!!!!!

  4. 바가지요금 씌우다 '4인실 10만원'에도 손님 없어 텅텅 빈 평창 숙박 근황 2018-02-14
    바가지요금 씌우다 '4인실 10만원'에도 손님 없어 텅텅 빈 평창 숙박 근황

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