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PyeongChang Winter Olympics medal design reflects Korean culture

They were created by South Korean designer Lee Suk-woo, who incorporated Korean alphabet Hangeul into the design through a series of three-dimensional consonants.

These consonants were stretched out and cut in the three-dimensional shape to form the medal. When viewed from the side, they come together to spell “Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018”.

The obverse of the medals shows the Olympic rings, while the reverse features the name of the discipline and event, alongside the PyeongChang 2018 emblem.

The ribbon from which the medal hangs was created using Gapsa, a traditional Korean fabric. The light teal and pale red ribbon is embroidered also with Hangeul patterns.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in PyeongChang from February 9 to 25.

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