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Korea gears up for sporting and cultural events as there are only 200 days left until the start of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Updated: 2017-07-24 20:01:14 KST

As well as President Moon Jae-in, many key Olympic figures were present at the special ceremony held in Pyeongchang on Monday, including the president of the organizing committee, Lee Hee-beom, and honorary ambassador and figure skating gold medalist Kim Yuna.

The participants were briefed on the preparations being made for the Olympics, and given information on the venues and transportation.
And to further boost people's interest in the games, the participants joined in with a number of promotional activities, including sharing the host province, Gangwon-do's regional dishes like Gamjajeon, or Potato Pancakes.

Despite a few drops of rain, the group also followed the Olympic slogan of 'passion. connected', by standing in the shape of '2018' to take photos for promotional videos.

And with the start of the 200-day countdown to the Olympics, preparations have geared up for cultural events and festivals, dubbed the 'Cultural Olympiad'.
With the goal of making cultural enjoyment as grand as the sporting event itself, host cities and the organizing committee have been showcasing performances and festivals for the past few months.
To promote the Cultural Olympiad, a press conference was held in Seoul last week.

"Some 150 festivals and events are currently lined up, and with only 200 days left until the games, cultural festivals will officially begin."

At the conference, the logo for the Olympiad was unveiled, where the square in the center stands for the letter 'm', from the Korean word 'munhwa', meaning 'culture', and the overall design depicts a door that welcomes the world, and a flower of culture.

The art directors also introduced a number of art projects to boost interest and participation in the Olympiad, including the Media Art Cube Exhibition, which was unveiled on Monday.
The art cube invites people to send their words of encouragement to the athletes, and will move around the country, from Gangneung's Gyeongpo beach where it is currently located, to Busan, Gwangju, and finally to Seoul in November.

"The Olympics are not simply a sporting event, but a chance for the host country to show its overall competency through its IT, culture and more."

"With the country hosting its first Olympics since the 1988 Seoul summer games, the organizers and everyone else involved are striving to make sure everything is perfect before Korea welcomes the world to this winter's showcase event. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News, Pyeongchang.
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