Olympic Flame Embarks on a Journey to PyeongChang
The flame for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 reached South Korea on November 1, 100 days ahead of the opening of the games, landing at Incheon International Airport.
The flame was lit in Greece – the birthplace of the ancient Olympics – on a torch created by Hanwha. The torch will be carried by 7,500 torchbearers along a route measuring 2,018 kilometers over a period of 101 days until it finally reaches PyeongChang to kick off the opening ceremony.
Olympic Torch Born from Hanwha's Passion
The torch, which will be used to signal the official opening of the Olympic Winter Games was made by Hanwha Corporation.
The company combined its cutting-edge research with advanced materials to make a total of 9,640 torches for the relay. The torch is designed to stay lit for at least 15 minutes even in temperatures as low as 35 degrees Celsius below zero and endure wind speeds of up to 35 meters per second. The torch measures 700 mm in length, reflecting PyeongChang's altitude of 700 meters above sea level. The flame-shaped golden badge at the top of the torch embodies the games' slogan, "Passion. Connected." Pieces of metal from the barbed-wire fence at the DMZ were used to make the top portion of the torch to symbolize peace on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the world.
This is not the first time Hanwha has contributed to the Olympic Games, with the company also providing torches for the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. The torch for the PyeongChang games is all the more meaningful as it symbolizes the revival of the Olympic flame from 1988.
Hanwha's Flame, the Symbol of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018
The flame – ignited by Hanwha's passion – has now set off on a journey to the grand opening of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. While the eyes of people worldwide are set on the international sporting event, the Olympic torch will forever symbolize the spirit of PyeongChang 2018.