2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic mascot is coming to Toronto

In less than a year the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic games will begin an recently there are rumours that the mascots – Soohorang and Bandabi are coming to town!


The two mascots of the up-coming Winter Olympic originated from the white tiger that has been considered Korea’s guardian animal “Sooho” and the Asiatic black bear symbolises strong will power and courage in the Korean folklore.


“Sooho” means protection in Hangul, it symbolises offering protection to the athletes, spectators and other participants in the 2018 games; whereas “Rang” derived from the middle letter of “Ho-rang-i”, Korean word for “Tiger” and also from a cherished traditional folk song of Gangwon Province “Jeong-seon A-ri-rang”.


While the black bear with a half-moon mark on the chest symbolises strong willpower and has been selected as a friendly mascot for the Paralympic Games in 2018.  Its name “Banda” derived from Bandal, means half moon in Hangul, and “bi” stands for celebration of the Games.


The two will be coming to Toronto very soon, but exact time and location is yet to be confirmed!  But I heard it’s close to this up-coming long weekend!  Stay tuned!

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這兩隻吉祥物背後包含著亞洲和朝鮮民族意義,傳統上老虎象徵著韓國半島的地理形狀,尤其是白老虎被認為是神聖的守護獸,而且白老虎的雪白顏色也像徵著冰雪體育運動。“Soohorang”是多個韓語含義相結合的名字,“Sooho”是韓語詞彙“守護”的意思,意味保護運動員、觀眾以及所有奧運會參與者;而“Rang”是韓語詞彙“ho-rang-i(老虎)”的中間字,同時也是主辦城市所在地江原道的傳統民謠“Jeongseon Arirang(旌善阿里郎)”的最後一個字。



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