International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today joined in the celebrations for PyeongChang Day during his visit to PyeongChang House, the official presence of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. As well the official opening of the House, the event also included a traditional Korean dance performance and a routine by a K-pop girl group called Flashe.
PyeongChang Day marks four years until the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Games and was the day chosen by the Games organisers (POCOG) to officially open its House in Sochi. Speaking during the event, President Bach underlined his confidence that Korea and PyeongChang would deliver great Games in four years’ time and that they would do so by delivering the best conditions for the athletes to compete and to live. He spoke of the IOC’s strong support for the project and his confidence that the 2018 Games would reach “new horizons” for Korea, PyeongChang, and the Olympic Movement.
POCOG President Kim Jin-sun also addressed the gathering and spoke of how the success of the Sochi 2014 Games would help to ensure the success of PyeongChang 2018 and thanked the Sochi organisers for their cooperation.
PyeongChang House is located in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Park and its design is inspired by the traditional Korean house, called hanok. Its main exhibition looks at the culture of PyeongChang and Gangwon Province, as well as Korea’s long history, PyeongChang 2018’s vision of “New Horizons” and the progress made in the preparations for the Games. Visitors will also enjoy dance performances, from traditional and modern (B-Boy dance, K-pop) Korean entertainers.