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Pyeongchang 2018 mascot Soohorang already proving a roaring success

2017-01-11 09:06:00 IOC

 

Unveiled in June this year, Soohorang, the white tiger who will serve as the official mascot of the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018, has already proved a big hit in his native Republic of Korea and beyond. His tour of duty so far has seen him travel the length and breadth of his native country, as well as putting in an appearance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The tiger in general, and the white tiger in particular, is closely associated with Korean mythology and culture. The tiger has been a familiar figure in Korean folk tales as a symbol of trust, strength and protection, while the white tiger is regarded as sacred, and as the guardian animal of the Republic of Korea.

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