(올림픽 ) 동계올림픽과 한국인들의 자긍심 JFKN.COM
This is Stefany Gosk. Every year, the Siberian winds blow into South Korea, turning this small mountainous nation into a winter wonderland. The prefect backdrop for games of ice and snow. More than 50 million people called this country, the size of Indiana, home. An innovator, an economic leader, companies like SAMSUNG and HYUNDAI and the music that seems to reflect it all, K Pop. But walk around South Korea’s capital and its rich cultural history is on display at every turn. That fanatic modern society left at the door of a local tea shop, “Ginger? It’s great” where we met Danial Grey, an American who now lives here and works as a tour guide, South Korea, he says, has transformed since it hosted the Summer Olympics in Seoul 30 years ago.
“The 88 Olympics was Korea coming out to the world, saying that we are a developing country and now we are a developed country” The best example, some of the city’s oldest streets. “This was a rundown neighborhood of Seoul, but the hipsters moved in, set up shops, set up craft beer places, restaurant” Food is at the heart of South Korean culture. And there is no better place to sample it than in the markets. “This is just some fish soup” But foreigner be ware comfort food can have some serious kick. The small pancake made with green tea, cinnamon and sugar was an eye-opening joy.
A high speed trainline built just for the Winter Olympics ferries people out of the capital to PYONGCHANG. In a densely populated country, this is as rural as it gets. Live King Crab crawling tanks by the beach while in the mountains, snow falls on well groomed trails. Tonight, the Athletes Village is at capacity. A day before the opening ceremony, a proud transformed South Korea is ready for its latest star turn. The people here in PYONGCHANG are incredibly proud to have an event this size in their backyard. From the taxi drivers, to the restaurant owners, they have rolled out the red carpet for their international guests. Lester?