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PyeongChang 2018 torch relay focuses on culture and environment

Date : 21 Nov 2017

PyeongChang, Korea, November 21, 2017: The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Flame continued its path across the Republic of Korea and celebrated day 20 of its 101-day journey in traditional style at Suncheon Bay National Garden as its starting point in the Jeolla region on Monday, November 20.

Environment is one of the five Torch Relay themes - along with culture, economy, information technology and peace - so the National Garden was the perfect setting for the performance of a dance called ganggangsullae.

An impressive cast of 400 support runners were clad in the colourful traditional dress known as hanbok as they danced in a circle along the hill to the beacon mound to welcome the Olympic Flame. The dance was performed as a symbol of the wish for unity and harmony throughout the Winter Games from February 9-25.

The spectators also enjoyed a range of other Korean performances including fusion traditional music by the band Jieum, traditional dancers and classical music, all performed against the scenic backdrop of the National Garden.

The cultural showcase came to a close with a performance by popular K-pop boy band B1A4 and male vocal group Noeul combining for an electrifying finale.

The ecological park is a 1.12-sq km area that was turned into a conservation area housing more than 505 species of trees and 113 species of flowers, and 28 sq km of Suncheon Bay.

It is one of the world’s five biggest wetlands and is a popular tourist destination. It is also home to an observatory, the Heungryunsa temple, an Eco Museum, a World Garden and an Oriental Medicine Centre.

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