WEEK­ENDER

The Korea Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Baek Byung-yeul [email protected]

With 140 days left be­fore the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee and re­lated en­ti­ties are tak­ing all-en­com­pass­ing steps to pro­mote Korea’s first-ever Win­ter Games.

With 140 days left be­fore the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee and re­lated en­ti­ties are tak­ing all-en­com­pass­ing steps to pro­mote Korea’s first-ever Win­ter Games.

Work­ing as honorary ambassador of the PyeongChang Olympics, Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in is at the front line in max­i­miz­ing aware­ness of the 2018 Win­ter Olympics.

Moon, who vis­ited New York to at­tend the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly, at­tended a cer­e­mony held at the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum, Wed­nes­day, where medals for the PyeongChang Olympics were un­veiled.

At the event, Moon as­sured ev­ery­one there the Win­ter Games, which run from Feb. 9 to 25 next year, will be a hit.

“Ten­sions are high now, but that is only rea­son why we need peace,” Moon said, invit­ing the world in­clud­ing North Korea to the PyeongChang Olympics. “If the South and the North can join to­gether at a time like this, it will be a great op­por­tu­nity to send a mes­sage of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and peace to the world.”

Amid height­ened ten­sions on the Korean Penin­sula over North Korea’s nu­clear and mis­sile threats, Moon said the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion on the penin­sula will not af­fect next year’s Win­ter Olympics.

“We are well aware of the con­cerns the IOC and the whole world have re­gard­ing the Korean Penin­sula,” Moon was quoted as say­ing to In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach at their New York meet­ing on Mon­day. “A suc­cess­ful host­ing of the PyeongChang Games would erase wor­ries over se­cu­rity and show the world the re­gional peace and sta­bil­ity of the Korean Penin­sula.”

The PyeongChang Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee for the 2018 Olympic & Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games (POCOG) is try­ing to raise do­mes­tic aware­ness of the Win­ter Games in var­i­ous ways.

POCOG said it is en­joy­ing the soar­ing pop­u­lar­ity of a com­mem­o­ra­tive 2,000 won ($1.76) ban­knote for the PyeongChang Olympics.

It be­gan re­ceiv­ing on­line pre-or­ders of the ban­knote start­ing Sept. 11, and sup­pli­ers of the spe­cial pa­per money said the bill has sold out.

The notes are sched­uled to be is­sued in De­cem­ber. The Bank of Korea will is­sue 2.3 mil­lion notes for a re­tail price of 8,000 won each.

Mak­ing PyeongChang ‘Cul­ture Olympics’

Gang­won Prov­ince, where the host city PyeongChang and other venues of the Win­ter Olympics are lo­cated, is also up­ping the pro­mo­tional ef­fort to fill the PyeongChang Olympics with cul­tural events.

Gang­won Prov­ince Gover­nor Choi Moon-soon an­nounced the prov­ince will run var­i­ous kinds of cul­tural events as part of their boom-up sup­port. To raise aware­ness of the Olympics, there will be ma­jor cul­tural events.

Co­in­cid­ing with the 100-days-to go mark, the K-Pop All Star Dream Con­cert will be held on Nov. 14 at the PyeongChang Olympic Sta­dium, where the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies will be staged.

Dur­ing the Olympic pe­riod, next year, about 30 cul­tural pro­grams in­clud­ing the Gang­won In­ter­na­tional Bi­en­nale will take place in PyeongChang and other host cities.

Out­side Gang­won Prov­ince, out­door mu­si­cal per­for­mances will be held at five ma­jor palaces in Seoul as 32 acts will per­form around 70 con­certs.

To en­hance mu­tual un­der­stand­ing be­tween over­seas coun­tries and Kore­ans, “World Cul­ture Col­lage” pro­grams will also take place in 17 cities of the coun­try in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber, invit­ing for­eign diplo­matic mis­sions here.

Star ath­letes pro­mote PyeongChang

Star ath­letes are also pro­mot­ing the PyeongChang Win­ter Olympics.

Torch­bear­ers for the Olympic torch re­lay in­clude Korea’s foot­ball leg­end Cha Bum-keun, Rio Olympics fenc­ing cham­pion Park Sang-young and re­tired marathoner Lee Bong-ju.

The Olympic torch will be first lit in Olympia, Greece, on Oct. 24, and will be handed over to a PyeongChang del­e­ga­tion in Athens on Oct. 31. The del­e­ga­tion mem­bers in­clude for­mer Olympic fig­ure skat­ing cham­pion Kim Yuna. The torch will ar­rive in Korea on Nov. 1 and be­gin a 2,018-kilo­me­ter-long tour through 18 cities and coun­ties in Gang­won Prov­ince and 17 other cities in the coun­try.

The torch­bear­ers will also in­clude singers Sean and Jeong Jin-woon and pho­tog­ra­pher Cho Sei-hon.

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The 2018 PyeongChang Win­ter Olympic medals are un­veiled at a cer­e­mony at Dong­dae­mun De­sign Plaza in Seoul, Thurs­day.

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Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in, left, presents the mas­cots of the 2018 PyeongChang Win­ter Olympics and Par­a­lympics to In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach in New York, Tues­day.

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Young ath­letes dis­play the 2018 PyeongChang Win­ter Olympic medals at Dong­dae­mun De­sign Plaza in Seoul, Thurs­day.

A 2,000-won ban­knote com­mem­o­rat­ing PyeongChang Olympic Games

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