POSTED: June 15th 2016

Olympics: Free Korean texting service offers PyeongChang 2018 Mascots as animated emoticons

(L-R) “Soohorang” and “Bandabi” © POCOG
(L-R) “Soohorang” and “Bandabi” © POCOG

“Soohorang” and “Bandabi” emoticons © POCOG
“Soohorang” and “Bandabi” emoticons © POCOG

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Animated emoticons of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games official mascots, "Soohorang" and "Bandabi," are now available on Kakao Talk, which is a free instant messaging application.

Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone users are able to send and receive messages for free by using Kakao Talk. The first hundred thousand downloaders in Korea will have the chance to get the "Soohorang" and "Bandabi" emoticons for free. In Korea, this must-have application is used by 97% of cell-phone users and they exchange ten million emoticons every day.

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG)'s design of "Soohorang" and "Bandabi" was aimed at utilizing them as a communication tool to express a wide range of emotions. These PyeongChang 2018 Ambassadors will interact with Korean people's daily lives through Kakao Talk. POCOG will continue to look into new creative and innovative ways to bring the PyeongChang 2018 mascots closer to everyone.

"Soohorang" is the Olympic mascot and takes its motif from the white tiger, which is a trustworthy friend that will protect spectators, participants, and athletes during the 2018 Games. Also, the color of white is indicative of ice and snow of winter sports. Furthermore, the Paralympic mascot is "Bandabi" who is an Asiatic black bear. The bear also represents the symbol animal of the Gangwon Province and is a warm-hearted friend that encourages all athletes to push their limits. "Bandabi" even takes the lead towards harmony and equality.

Both mascots will be introduced on July 20th by POCOG during ceremonies held at PyeongChang and Seoul. Their international debut will take place during the 2016 Rio Games at the PyeongChang 2018 House. After that, they will continue with their busy schedule as they will attend various exhibitions and events all over Korea.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · POCOG · Olympics · Paralympics · Winter Olympics · Kakao Talk

For more information contact:
Laura Walden ()

All original materials contained in this section are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Sports Features Communications, Inc the owner of that content. It is prohibited to alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content.