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Korea NOC President carries Olympic torch

Date : 16 Jan 2018

Seoul, Korea, January 16, 2018: The Torch Relay for PyeongChang 2018 is working its way northwards on the journey to the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on February 9, calling in at the 17th Asian Games 2014 host city of Incheon along the way. After four days in the capital Seoul, the Torch Relay is set to head further north to the cities of Goyang and Paju on Wednesday, January 17.

The first two weeks of 2018 have revealed the past, present and future of Korea in a series of cultural performances and celebrations as excitement builds towards the first Winter Olympics in Korea.

Here are some of the highlights:

January 1: The New Year was welcomed in at Daegu and greeted the first sunrise of 2018 in Pohang.

January 2: The flame toured the ancient city of Gyeongju. At the EXPO Park it was greeted by the GARAM Performing Art Company’s B-Boy troupe and Hwarang warriors, who performed a traditional dance.

January 3: The eighth of the 13 “Relay for Everyone” took place in Waryong-ri, a village situated in the centre of the country and home to a community of senior citizens.

January 4: Another “Relay for Everyone” was held at the Dongbang Vocational Rehabilitation Centre in Pyeongtaek-si.

January 5: The relay headed to Suwon, where it received a lavish welcome at Hwaseong Haenggung Palace.

January 6: Korea’s largest theme park and home to a safari park, Caribbean bay and many other attractions, Everland in the city of Yongin provided the venue for the celebrations, which included a multimedia fireworks show.

January 7: At Cheongseok Park in nearby Seongnam, tightrope walkers and the drums of Gwangju City Nongakdan greeted the Olympic flame.

January 8: A boys’ and girls’ choir and the Seongnam City Choir were on hand to extend a musical welcome at Bundang Central Park.

January 9: The tenth “Relay for Everyone” called in on the street-cleaners of Icheon-si, a town in the northwestern region of Gyeonggi-do. A game of floor curling was included in the programme.

January 10-12: Three days in Incheon saw badminton player Chung Jae-sung among the torchbearers.

January 13: The torch arrived in Seoul – host city of the 1988 Summer Olympics. The route included the Seoul World Cup Stadium, the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and Gwanghwamun Square.

January 14: Lee Kee-heung, President of the Korea Sport and Olympic Committee, was on the roster of torchbearers as the flame travelled to the Olympic Stadium. He was joined by a galaxy of Korean sports stars from Summer and Winter Olympics.




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