Soohorang, the mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, took its motif from the white tiger.
The white tiger has been long considered Korea’s guardian animal.
“Sooho”, meaning “protection” in Korean, symbolises the protection offered to the athletes, spectators and other participants of the 2018 Games. “Rang” comes from the middle letter of “Ho-rang-i”, the Korean word for “tiger”, and is also the last letter of “Jeong-seon A-ri-rang”, a cherished traditional folk song of Gangwon Province, where the Games were held.
Soohorang not only has a challenging spirit and passion, but is also a trustworthy friend who protects the athletes, spectators and all the participants of the Olympic Games.