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1988 Seoul Summer Olympic

The 24th Summer Olympic Games were held in Seoul in 1988, with a record number of athletes (13,304 from 160 countries) attending the event. The Games adopted “reconciliation and progress” as the basic spirit. The organizing committee set the following objectives: participation of the largest number of athletes, worldwide harmony, best results, safety, and cost-saving.
South Korea became the 16th country (and only the 2nd in Asia) to host the Summer Olympic Games. The competitions were held in 23 formal disciplines and 2 demonstration sports. South Korea ranked 4th overall, winning 12 gold medals, 10 silver medals, and 11 bronze medals.
The 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics were significant in that they were focused on reconciliation between the Western and Eastern Blocs, after the Western Bloc’s boycotting of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics and the Eastern Bloc’s retaliatory boycotting of the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. The event in Seoul transcended ideological conflict and racial discrimination pursuant to the Olympic Charter and served as an occasion for publicizing the status of the country’s economic development and traditional culture and the potential of Koreans worldwide.

2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic

Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do Province, was selected as the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympics after receiving a majority vote at the 123rd IOC Session held on July 6, 2011. It was South Korea’s third attempt.
The PyeongChang Olympics, which was held from February 9 to 25, 2018, was the largest Winter Games ever, drawing 2,920 participants from 92 countries, including six nations debuting in the Winter Olympics―Nigeria, Eritrea, Malaysia, Singapore, Ecuador, and Kosovo. Three world records and twenty-five new Olympic records were set, thanks to the excellent ice quality. Ticket sales were also considered a success, with some 1,080,000 tickets sold.
PyeongChang was the first Olympics to adopt 5G technology, 360° virtual reality (VR), glassless 3D, and holograms. It also utilized the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile app. On top of that, a total of 85 robots, including guides, food service, and mannequin robots, were deployed to the venues, demonstrating the country’s innovative prowess. CNN reported that “5G is helping make PyeongChang the most high-tech Olympics ever.” 
Above all, the PyeongChang Olympics will be remembered by the world as the “Peace Olympics” that embodied the value and spirit of the Olympics. North Korea sent the largest delegation ever to the Winter Games, including 22 players, 229 cheerleaders, and 27 high-ranking officials. The two Koreas made a joint entrance and competed as one team in the women’s hockey for the first time in Olympic history. Pope Francis said, “The fact that both Koreas compete as one team under the Korean Unification Flag gives hope for a world in which conflicts are peacefully resolved.” Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), also commented, “The Olympic Games of PyeongChang 2018 are the games of new horizons. We have seen how sport can make the world a better place.” 
PyeongChang 2018 was also a cultural Olympiad where the Hallyu and traditional culture harmoniously blended. During the Olympics, the country operated a total of 1,800 cultural programs, including K-Pop concerts, traditional performances, and video arts, with some 960,000 people in attendance.
IOC President Thomas Bach praised the PyeongChang Games as “the best Winter Olympics ever,” and Toronto Star even said, “The problem with PyeongChang is that there aren’t any problems.” In the overall medal standing, South Korea ranked 7th with five gold, eight silver, and four bronze medals. The country earned medals not only from ice sports but also from other categories like skeleton, bobsleigh, and curling, diversifying its winter sports portfolio. At the Paralympics, South Korea finished in 16th place, with a gold medal in a sitting cross-country skiing event.
South Korea became a country that has hosted both Summer and Winter Games, 30 years after the 1988 Seoul Olympics. It also joined the club of those who have hosted the world’s four biggest sporting competitions― the 1988 Summer Olympics, 2002 FIFA World Cup, 2011 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships, and 2018 Winter Olympics.

2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan

Held for 31 days (May 31 to June 30), the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan was the first World Cup to be jointly hosted by two countries. It was also the first World Cup Tournament to be held outside Europe and the Americas. The event produced a series of unexpected results, of which the most unexpected was probably South Korea’s remarkable success in reaching the semi-finals. The event also served as an occasion to reveal another aspect of South Koreans to people all over the world: soccer fans in red T-shirts enthusiastically supporting their national team. Tens of thousands of fans fervently cheering on their team in the dead of night created quite a sight. During the South Korean team’s match against Germany for 4th place, a total of 6.5 million people filled the streets nationwide to cheer on their national team.

Source: Korean Culture and Information Service 'Facts about Korea'

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Willy Liman
3 months ago

#Fact9 Development of high-speed rail lines was key to the country's Olympic bid, as Pyeongchang is rather isolated. The new train lines allow individuals to travel from Seoul to Pyeongchang in less than an hour. In total, 13 venues, split between Pyeongchang and neighboring Gangneung, were used during the 17 days of the Games. Six new venues were built, and additional venues were renovated for the Games. A record 102 medals were awarded in 15 disciplines. For the first time, viewers in all US time zones had access to live coverage of the games, instead of a delayed replay

Willy Liman
3 months ago

#Fact8 This was the first time South Korea hosted the Winter Olympics. The 1988 Summer Olympics were held in Seoul, South Korea. The estimated cost of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics was $10 billion, five times less than the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which were estimated to be the costliest ever.

Carl Ivan Setias
3 months ago

The Ministry has also announced plans to create a memorial hall on the premises of the main Olympic Stadium, which is due to open in 2020. Meanwhile, all the apartments in the PyeongChang and Gangnueng Olympic Villages, as well as the Media Village, were converted for residential use and sold prior to the Games. Residents have been moving into the apartments since October last year. This mirrors the legacy programme put in place after the Olympic Games Seoul 1988, when apartments in the Villages situated next to Olympic Park became a popular residential complex.

Carl Ivan Setias
3 months ago

After the Games, the broadcasting division of the International Olympic Committee – Olympic Broadcasting Services – donated IBC building equipment, including solar panels, to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Uganda, which has enabled the provision of new housing and vital electricity supplies for the Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement. The Olympic Broadcasting Services donation contributed to the building of 64 new housing units and storage facilities in the settlement, in addition to solar power systems for two local hospitals.

Carl Ivan Setias
3 months ago

The Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, Alpensia Biathlon Centre and Alpensia Cross Country Centre are all being managed by the Gangwon Development Corporation (GDC), with a view to maintaining them for sports competitions, training and public use, bolstering plans to establish the host region as a winter sports hub for locals and foreign visitors alike. Also under management of the GDC are the Alpensia Sliding Centre, Gangneung Ice Hockey Centre and Gangneung Oval, although long-term plans for these three venues are yet to be finalised.

Carl Ivan Setias
3 months ago

Korea spent $109 million in building the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. And it’s just one item on the country’s $13 billion budget to build various facilities for the 17-day sports event. However, the 35,000-seat PyeongChang stadium will only be used four times, including Friday’s opening ceremony, before it’s demolished. That averages the cost of use per hour at roughly $10 million, according to estimates by the University of Michigan.

Willy Liman
3 months ago

#Fact7 Stats FIFA World Cup 2002 would include 64 matches in which 161 goals were made (2,52 goals per match). Results France would beat Brazil in the final with 3-0, the biggest goal difference in a World Cup final since 1958

Willy Liman
3 months ago

#Fact6 2002 FIFA WORLD CUP Korea/Japan Top scorers Ronaldo (8 goals) Miroslav Klose (5 goals) Rivaldo (5 goals)

Willy Liman
3 months ago

#Fact5 2002 FIFA WORLD CUP Korea/Japan 1st, 2nd and 3rd places 1. Brazil 2. Germany 3. Turkey

Willy Liman
3 months ago

#Fact4 2002 FIFA WORLD CUP Korea/Japan Participating Teams Argentina Belgium Brazil Cameroon China Colombia CostaRica Croatia Denmark Ecuador England France Germany Italy Ireland Japan Mexico Morocco Nigeria Paraguay Poland Portugal Russia Senegal Slovenia Saudi Arabia South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Tunisia Turkey United States Uruguay