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S. Korea marks 25th anniversary of Seoul Summer Olympics

2013/09/16 16:02

SEOUL, Sept. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Monday celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first Olympic Games held on its soil.

The country's leading sports officials and former Olympic medalists were on hand to mark the quarter-century anniversary of the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The ceremony was held at the Seoul Olympic Museum in the nation's capital.

The Korea Sports Promotion Foundation (KSPO), which organized the event, said it hoped to celebrate the accomplishments and legacy of the 1988 Olympics, and also to encourage the current generation of athletes to reach new heights.

The Seoul Olympics kicked off on Sept. 17, 1988, as the first Olympics, winter or summer, in South Korea.

The Olympics served as a coming out party for the-then emerging economy, and South Korea placed fourth, its highest position ever in the Olympic medal standings, with 12 gold medals and 33 medals overall.

Also on Monday, "The Hope Factory," a special Olympic exhibition co-organized by the Olympic Museum in Switzerland and the Peace Education Foundation in the Netherlands, opened at the Seoul Olympic Museum. The exhibition, which first opened in May 2011 in Switzerland, has arrived in Asia for the first time. It will go on until Dec. 29.

The KSPO also launched an exhibition featuring mementos from the 1988 Seoul Games, such as the Olympic torch, the mascot named "Hodori," commemorative coins and key chains. They will be on display until Oct. 13.