Olympic Winter Games
PyeongChang 2018 Medals

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic medals celebrate the hard work and dedication by the athletes and participants for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games. The medals were inspired by Hangeul (Korean alphabet), Hanbok (Korean traditional clothing), and Hanok (Korean traditional houses), which are unique cultural assets of Korea.
Medals for Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 were inspired by Hangeul (medal), Hanbok (strap), and Hanok (case), which are unique cultural assets of Korea.

Medal : Hangeul, One of the most scientific writing systems in the world

Consonants in ‘평창동계올림픽(Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018)’, ‘ㅍ,ㅊ,ㄷ,ㄱ,ㅇ,ㄹ,ㅍ’ were stretched out and cut in the three dimensional shape of a cylinder to form the medal.

When viewed from the side, ‘ㅍㅇㅊㅇㄷㅇㄱㅇㄹㄹㅁㅍㄱ’ come together to spell ‘Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018’.

Strap : Hanbok, Korea's traditional fabric

For the first time, the strap for Olympic medal has been created using Gapsa, a traditional Korean fabric. Gapsa is a lightweight, sheer, and airy fabric, boasting its high quality.

Hangeul consonants put together to form snowflake pattern, part of the Games Look, are weaved along with the ‘gabsa’ textile of the strap-using a traditional technique. The PyeongChang 2018 wordmark and the Olympic emblem are stitched using Korean embroidery technique.

Case : Hanok, Korea's traditional houses

Hanok, traditional Korean houses, were the source of inspiration for the medals case. The simple yet elegant curves of a Hanok’s eaves have been incorporated into the wooden case.