The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are approaching—set to take place from February 9 to February 25 in the small mountainous county, located at the north of South Korea—and preparations are already underway to welcome one of the world’s major sporting events. This includes the traditional torch relay, which is set to take off in Korea as soon as November 1.
On October 31, the Olympic torch reached Athens, Greece, having travelled from Olympia since the 24th; it then departed for Korea. Starting on November 1, the torch will be carried across the entire country, handed over between Korean citizens until it ultimately reaches Pyeongchang during the Opening Ceremony of the Games. Under the theme “Let Everyone Shine,” the torch relay will span 100 days and will go through 17 Korean cities.
Torch carriers this year include a few familiar faces. Amongst the first torchbearers of the relay, we can count comedian Yoo Jaesuk and miss A member and singer Suzy, who will take part in carrying the torch on November 1. VIXX members N and Leo were both announced to take part in the relay earlier this month, alongside 2AM’s Jinwoon. Many Korean athletes have also been scheduled to participate in the relay.
To celebrate the 100 days remaining before the kickoff, a concert was held on November 1 at Gwanghwamun Square, in Seoul, and the lineup is nothing short of impressive—EXO, BTS, BTOB, TWICE, B.A.P, DAY6, Cosmic Girls, and more! A promotional digital single, featuring Super Junior and Sunmi, amongst others, is also set to be released for free for the public to enjoy.
For more information, visit the official website of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics!