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    PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Mascot Bandabi

    Bandabi - PyeongChang 2018 mascot Bandabi - mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games © • POCOG

    The official mascots for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games were launched on 2 June.

    An Asiatic black bear named “Bandabi” and a white tiger named “Soohorang” will each represent the Paralympic and Olympic Winter Games. Both animals appear in South Korea’s foundation mythology and are closely associated with Korean culture and folklore.

    Introducing Bandabi – the Paralympic mascot

    The bear is symbolic of strong will and courage. The Asiatic Black Bear is also the symbol animal of Gangwon Province. In the name “Bandabi,” “banda” comes from “bandal” meaning “half-moon”, indicating the white crescent on the chest of the Asiatic Black Bear, and “bi” has the meaning of celebrating the Games.

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