The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea just got that much more exciting!

BIGBANG member Taeyang (real name Dong Young Bae; 동영배) took to his Instagram late yesterday (21st June 2017, Wednesday) to officially announce that he has taken on the role of honorary ambassador for the winter games in 2018.

Taeyang, which means “sun” in Korean, has been an integral part of the K-Pop idol boy group since they debuted back in 2006. Not only is he one of the lead vocalists of the group, he has also released a few solo albums on his own: “Solar” in 2010 and “Rise” in 2014. He is slated to make a solo comeback this year after his fellow BIGBANG member and bestfriend, G-Dragon.

PyeongChang, a county in Gangwon province of South Korea located in the country’s north mountainous region, is gearing up to host the next winter games. 8 years in the making, the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, scheduled to take place from 9th to 25th February 2018, will mark the 3rd time that the winter games is being held in an Asian country (with Japan having hosted 2 previously, in 1972 and 1998).

In his follow-up Instagram post, Taeyang uploaded a picture of himself with the adorable 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics mascots, Soohorang (수호랑) and Bandabi (반다비).

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Soohorang, the mascot for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, is a white tiger, while Bandabi, the mascot for the Paralympic Winter Games, is an Asiatic black bear.

We don’t know about you but we think that he’s doing a fantastic job as a honorary ambassador already!

Psst. Does this mean that Taeyang will be performing at either the opening or closing ceremony of the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea? Your guess is as good as ours 😉

Don’t forget to check out our coverage from the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics familiarisation trip with Korea Tourism Organization a little earlier this year:

With more to come, of course 😉

Hype Malaysia is also an official “Wow! PyeongChang!” supporter in conjunction with the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea. So keep a look out for our future posts as we’ll be gushing over places to go, things to do, and food to eat in Gangwon ?

For more information, hit up the Korea Tourism Organisation (Malaysia) website or Facebook page. Alternatively, you can follow them on Instagram.

Big shoutout to our friends from Travel Recommends for keeping us connected with unlimited data on our trip to South Korea, enabling us to update real-time for the entire duration without a hitch ?

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