• Event
  • Republic of Korea

Presenting Korean Literature to Foreign Press at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics

  • Event Code
  • Country
    Republic of Korea
  • City
    PyeongChang Winter Olympics
  • Period
    01/15/2018 to 02/25/2018


◯ The Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea, Acting President: Ko Young-il) is holding an exhibit promoting over 160 works of Korean literature translated into 21 languages, with a total of over 4,000 books on display. The exhibit is being held at the Gangneung Media Village, and is targeted toward the 6,000 members of foreign press staying on the Media Village premises.


◯ The theme of the event is ‘Literature without Boundaries’, and runs from January 15, 2018 to February 25, 2018 at the Gangneung Media Village. Four thousand books are being offered at the venue, accounting for 160 works of contemporary Korean literature in 21 languages. E-book rental services for 132 contemporary and classic Korean literature are also available. LTI Korea will also host a four-day giveaway event starting on February 22nd, where members of foreign press will be selected to receive translated works of Korean literature.


◯ The exhibit venue is located next to the main restaurant used by over 6,000 members of the foreign press, and is open for use 24 hours a day. Press members generally consume the works they borrow on bus rides or at their accomodations. Prominent journalists from all over the world are convening in one place for the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, and are visiting the exhibit venue regularly as they become exposed to more and more works of Korean literature.


◯ New York Times reporter Andrew Keh wrote an article titled 'A Sportswriter’s First Impressions of Pyeongchang,' published on February 2nd. In his article, Keh introduces the Korean literature exhibit at Gangneung and describes borrowing a copy of The Holeby Pyun Hye Young. Other journalists are also actively taking to social media platforms like Twitter to share pictures of Korean literary works on display at the venue.


◯ Of the poetry collections available at the venue, No Flower Blooms Without Wavering by Do Jong Hwan and I’m OK, I’m Pig by Kim Hyesoon have proven most popular; Man Booker International Prize-winning The Vegetarian and Human Acts by Han Kang, Our Happy Time by Gong Ji-young, The Hole by Pyun Hye Young, and North Station by Bae Su-ah are favorites in the fiction category, and The Story of Hong Gildong is garnering the most attention from reporters with an interest in Korean classics.


◯ LTI Korea plans to hold a giveaway event on February 22, 10AM. Twenty members of foreign press who leave reviews of Korean literary works at the link provided ( will be selected to receive traditional Korean silverware sets. Participating journalists will also receive regular updates on Korean literature through newsletters and the English-language monthly magazine 'Korean Literature Now.'


◯ An LTI Korea official explained, "We hope that, as the world comes together as one through sport during the Olympic festivities, Korean literature can also bring together and connect people from around the globe."

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