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Poets from S. Korea, China, Japan to wish for success of 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

All Headlines 11:34 August 30, 2017

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Yonhap) -- Tens of renowned poets from South Korea, China and Japan will hold this year's poet festival of the three Northeast Asian countries next month to wish for the success of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the Society of Korean Poets said Wednesday.

The festival, to be held from Sept. 14-17 at the Alpensia Resort in PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul in Gangwon Province, is part of the Olympics' cultural activities.

South Korea will hold its first Winter Olympics from Feb. 9-25 in the ski town of PyeongChang and nearby towns of Jeongseon and Gangneung.

Themed "Peace, Environment and Healing," the festival will feature a poetry recital and music performances. On Sept. 16, the participants will hold a ceremony to declare "The Day of Poets" and read poetry on peace at Imjingak in the South Korean border city of Paju near the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas.

A total of 18 poets, including Wang Jiaxin, Shu Ting and Tang Xiaodu, will represent China, while Itsuko Ishikawa, Naoko Aso, Sonomi Mochizuki, Aki Sagawa and 16 other Japanese poets will attend the festival. Among South Korean poets who will take part in the festival are Kim Nam-jo, Kim Hu-ran, Hwang Dong-gyu, Lee Keun-bae, Oh Sae-young, Oh Talk-bon and Lee Geon-cheong.

Choi Dong-ho, chief of the Society of Korean Poets, said the sharing of peace and friendship among the poets of the three neighboring countries is consistent with the spirits of the Olympics at a time of heightened tensions in the region caused by North Korea's missile programs, among others.

This photo, released by the Society of Korean Poets on Aug. 30, 2017, shows a poster of this year's poet festival of South Korea, China and Japan. (Yonhap)


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