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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hodori, The Seoul Olympic Games Mascot 1988

Talking about the olympic games there is a part attracts of my attention during this event, a mascot.
Every country which is selected as a host for the olympic games also has a mascot for this event.
When the olympic was held in Seoul in 1988, Korea also has the olympic mascot. The name is Hodori.

What is Hodori ?
호돌이 Hodori is a name of mascot of Seoul Olympic Games held in 1988. The shape is a tiger which is very familiar through myth and legend as a symbol of luck.

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The bodyline was contoured to give a soft feeling, and the mascot wore an Olympic medal around the neck to identify itself with the Olympics.

To enhance the Korean flavor, the figure wore the traditional Sang-mo hat of a Korean farmer's band player. The hat's spiraling streamer formed an S-shape to denote the first letter of Seoul, as the host city.

Hodori was designed by Kim Hyun as an amicable Amur Tiger, portraying the friendly and hospitable traditions of the Korean people, and the name Hodori was chosen from 2,295 suggestions sent in by the public. "Ho" is derived from the Korean word for tiger (호랑이 horangi ), and "dori" is a diminutive for boys in Korean.
"Hodori" is also the name of the Korean Tae-Kwon-Do National Demonstration Team, which also uses the Hodori tiger as their symbol. (Wikipedia)

On this olympic games Korea got the 4th highest rank of 46 participant countries, with 12 gold medals, 10 silver and 11 copper medals.

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