The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will be held for 10 days from 9 to 18 March, 2018 in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea.
PyeongChang was selected as the host city of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games after receiving a majority vote at the 123rd IOC Session held on 7 July, 2011 after three consecutive bids. The Paralympic Winter Games will be held in Korea for the first time in 30 years after the Seoul Paralympic Games in 1988. PyeongChang will be the stage for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and most snow sports. Alpine skiing events will take place in Jeongseon, and all ice sports will be competed in the coastal city of Gangneung.
The world’s best athletes will compete on Asia’s centre stage to launch New Horizons in winter sports and create a sustainable legacy for Gangwon Province and the Republic of Korea.
Cultural New HorizonsProsperity of new culture where tradition blends with international culture
New HorizonsEstablishing environmental and industrial infrastructure to lead green growth
New HorizonsExpanding the horizons beyond borders with a stage open for communication between South and North Korea and with the world
Economic New HorizonsHost City reinstated as a major pillar underpinning the national economy by reinventing economic structure with added value
Games for Peace
Passion.Connected refers to a world in which everyone is connected with shared passion for winter sports, a world open to any generation anywhere, anytime, to open new horizons in the continued growth of winter sports.
'Passion' means a very strong feeling, affection and something one is fond of. PyeongChang is a place of global festivals that inspires each other and symbolises a place where Koreans share their warm affection. It also expresses the Olympic spirit and the warm heartedness of Koreans.
'Connected' means to link, join, combine, bridge , and understand. PyeongChang is a place where all generations can participate and inspire each other anytime and anywhere through Korea’s innovative technology and cultural convergence, and it means opening a new horizon for a new beginning, a harmonized world and the Olympic Winter Games.
The emblem symbolises a world open to everyone. It combines the image of ice and snow, winter sports stars (athletes), and people from all over the world, coming together in PyeongChang where heaven meets earth.
The emblem depicts a world where people with and without impairment, athletes, spectators, and people of the planet gather together in friendship
Bandabi, the mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games took its motif from the Asiatic black bear. Bandabi has strong willpower and courage.
“Banda” is derived from “ban-dal,” the Korean word for the half-moon. “Bi” stands for celebration of the Games.
Bandabi is a warm-hearted friend who takes the lead for equality and harmony and encourages athletes to push themselves beyond their limits. We will look forward to Bandabi's amazing activities.
The Official Mascots for PyeongChang 2018SoohorangBandabi