POSTED: Friday February 28th 2014


The Olympic Flag was handed over to PyeongChang, the next host city of the Winter Games, at the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympics, which was held at the Fisht Olympic Stadium at 20:14 local time, Sunday 23 February 2014.

During the Closing Ceremony, PyeongChang also showcased a cultural performance, which was composed of three parts: “Awakening of PyeongChang,” “Dreaming together of PyeongChang,” and “A Journey Together Towards New Horizons.”

President J. S. Kim of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games said, “Our cultural performance embodies PyeongChang 2018’s vision of New Horizons, and it will be presented under the theme of ‘A Journey Together,’ telling a story of traditional Korean beauty and spirit.”

YOON Ho-jin, the executive director of the cultural program explained, “This performance, which is a modern interpretation of Korea’s cultural heritage using cutting-edge technology, has present both the unique beauty of Korean culture and the potential for its globalization. It is a very meaningful performance, which gives a taste of what is to come at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.”

Among the participating artists were some of Korea’s most well-known musicians, including opera singer Sumi Jo, jazz singer NA Yoon-sun, pop singer LEE Seung-cheol, and gayageum (traditional Korean string instrument) musician LEE Jong-gil.

As part of the performance, the Republic of Korea’s national anthem was sung by a children’s choir from PyeongChang as well as a number of Dream Program participants from non-traditional winter sports countries. This will serve to further emphasize the performance’s message of “global togetherness.”

The performance was carried out under the supervision of YOON Ho-jin, one of Korea’s most famous musical directors, who introduced Korea’s culture to the world through his work, such as The Last Empress, Hero, and Seopyeonjae. The directorial team was made up of other outstanding Korean cultural talents, including dance director AHN Ae-sun, music director YANG Bang-eon, costume director LIM Sun-ok, art director LIM Chung-il, and visual director BAE Il-hwan.

For more information contact:

J.S. RYU, Media Director
Tel: +7.938.4545807

Yujin KIM, Project Manager
Tel: +7.926.7591520

* Please see our Flickr page ( for all the photos of the event and credit PyeongChang 2018.

POCOG has a media office in the Main Press Center (MPC) on the second floor that will also be open during the Paralympics.


The PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (POCOG) will host the XXIII Edition of the Winter Games between February 9-25 2018. Over 80 countries and 6,000 athletes are expected to take part in the first Winter Olympics held in Asia in 20 years. Seven sports will be on the official program comprising 15 disciplines.
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place right after the Olympics March 9-18 2018 with approximately 50 countries and 690 athletes competing.  Five sports are on the Paralympic program that will take place in the Olympic venues.

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