As reported by The Korea Times and other media, the organizing committee for the Pyeongchang 2018 winter olympics has released its official emblem. (click on the graphic to see a full-size version). As noted in the article, the emblem is based upon the hangul alphabetic characters at the beginning of each consonant in "Pyeongchang." However, readers should note that the first symbol is an accurate representation of the consonant as written in Hangul, while the second is not a reproduction of the hangul character, but rather an asterisk-like character that can be viewed as a snowflake or human character.
The release of the emblem is a reminder that the 2018 Winter Olympics are only five years off. Given the current tensions between North and South Korea, this raises some interesting issues, most especially because the Olympics will be hosted in Gangwon province, the only province in Korea that is divided, as is the nation, by the demilitarized zone. (see my earlier post)