Recently I had an amazing opportunity of being a part of UNESCO Korea team in the fabulous tour “The Exploration of Gangneung Danoje Festival link with the PyeongChang Winter Olympics Stadium”. The tour was provided by UNESCO Korea and Korea Tourism Organization. Our journey lasted just 2 days, but in these 2 days we were completely able to discover, experience, enjoy and find out more not just about ‘Gangneung Dano Festival’, which is designated as the UNESCO World Heritage but also to experience the cultivated and folk customs! Aside from that, we visited Pyeongchang, the host city of the Winter Olympics, from where we went to the Olympic Promotion Center to experience the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in advance. The tour would not have been possible without support of UNESCO Korea team, Korea Tourism Organization, Danoje Festival Committee, Pyeongchang Olympic Promotion Center and of course the team of professionals, especially our personal guides and the incredible Olivia Bae!
The first part of my story you can read here: http://heritageinkorea.kr/Forums/topic/the-exploration-of-pyeongchang-snow-stadium/
The most exciting part of our trip was at the PyeongChang Olympics PR Center.
The place is really fantastic! Even without visiting the stadium, even during the summer time you can feel there the spirit of Winter Olympic Games!
The Winter Olympic Games will be held for 17 days from 9 to 25 February 2018.
After visiting the PR Center of the PyeongChang Olympics PR Center I suddenly incredibly wanted to become a volunteer in this major international multi-sport event! The atmosphere completely and absolutely conveys the motto of the upcoming Winter Olympic games: “Passion. Connected”. In the PR Center we received detailed information on different kinds of winter Olympic sports, equipment, tasks and so on.
Besides, there were represented special limited edition of Olympic WON (Korean national currency) set of coins.
Furthermore, in this fabulous PR Center we met official mascots for PyeongChang Olympics – Soohorang and Bandabi.
Soohorang is the white tiger who has been long considered as a Korea’s guardian animal. “Sooho,” meaning protection in Korean, symbolises protection offered to the athletes, spectators and other participants in the 2018 Games. “Rang” comes from the middle letter of “Ho-rang-i,” the Korean word for “Tiger,” and is also the last letter of “Jeong-seon A-ri-rang,” a cherished traditional folk song of Gangwon Province, where the Games will be held.
Bandabi is an Asiatic black bear or “ban-dal-ga-seum-gom” (the bear with a half-moon mark on the chest) symbolises strong willpower and courage in the Korean folklore. This bear now has been selected as a friendly mascot for the Paralympic Games in 2018. “Banda” is derived from “ban-dal,” the Korean word for the half-moon. “Bi” stands for celebration of the Games.
Furthermore, there we were able to experience and try some activities like hockey. Plus, we were watching simulator animation in 4D of different Winter Olympic disciplines. It was really awesome!
Besides, we were coloring our symbolic postcard. As the result, my Ukrainian postcard flaunts on the wall of the PR center 😀
After visiting the PR Center we were on our way to the popular restaurant where dinner was already waiting for us. But then another surprise came from UNESCO Korea – we were given the opportunity to enjoy the picturesque sea. What can I say…. There is truly amazing and pure nature in Korea. I do sincerely appreciate every moment, given by God me here!
After picturesque sea view, we no longer expected more, but then we were surprised by a gorgeous dinner with national food such as various kinds of fish, and for those who was not eating meat, were provided all kinds of tofu (soybean cheese) and vegetables! After incredibly tasty dinner we were accommodated at the splendid Yongpyeong Resort Hotel.