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S. Korean gov't unveils plans for PyeongChang Cultural Olympiad

All Headlines 17:19 February 09, 2017

By Woo Jae-yeon

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- With just a year to go before South Korea's first Winter Games in PyeongChang, the government here announced Thursday detailed plans to add more cultural elements to the global sports event.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism outlined the plan for the "PyeongChang Cultural Olympiad" during the 10th meeting of the PyeongChang Olympics Supporting Committee chaired by Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place mainly in PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul, from Feb. 9-25, 2018, but some of the events will also be held in the neighboring city of Gangneung and Jeongseon county.

The ministry said, by holding various cultural and art events, it aims to nurture a festive mood in the run up to the event and eventually to use what it considers a golden opportunity to showcase Korea's cultural and technological prowess.

Dancers perform by the countdown clock to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in front of the City Hall in Seoul on Feb. 8, 2017. (Yonhap)

To celebrate the one-year countdown to the Games, the "K-drama Festa in PyeongChang" will take place next Saturday, where K-pop idol groups, such as EXO-CBX and BTOB, will perform and talk sessions on Korean dramas will be held. There will be a firework festival in Gangneung this weekend.

In August and February next year, concerts by large number of people are scheduled to take place to encourage more public participation. For two months from April, there will be another participatory event, this time with paintings.

The ministry also said it will make full use of existing festivals, concerts and exhibitions for the country's cause, including Ansan Street Arts Festival (May 7), the World DJ Festival (Aug. 12-13) and the Seoul Street Arts Festival (Oct. 8). It plans to ask organizers to showcase Olympics-related themes.

Meanwhile, visitors can enjoy and explore Korea's advanced technology in VR (virtual reality) zones and at K-pop hologram concert halls set up in the host city which will open this month and run through March next year.

The ministry will work on making it easier for overseas visitors to enjoy Korean art exhibitions and performances during the Olympics period.

A visitor looks at an art installation at the Green City Experience Center in Gangneung, 237 kilometers east of Seoul, on Feb. 1, 2017, two days ahead of the opening of the 2017 PyeongChang Biennale. The event, which will last until Feb. 26, is designed to mark the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Yonhap)

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