1988 Summer Olympics opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of the 1988 Summer Olympics took place at Seoul Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, on 17 September 1988 at 10:30 KST (UTC+9). The official song of this game was Hand in Hand, which was performed by Koreana. It represented the end of Cold War and a peace that all people in the world wish. The Games were officially opened by President of the Republic of Korea Roh Tae-woo.

1988 Summer Olympics opening ceremony
Date17 September 1988 (1988-09-17)
Time10:30 – 13:47 KST (UTC+9)
LocationSeoul, South Korea
Coordinates37°30′57.1″N 127°04′22.1″E / 37.515861°N 127.072806°E / 37.515861; 127.072806Coordinates: 37°30′57.1″N 127°04′22.1″E / 37.515861°N 127.072806°E / 37.515861; 127.072806
Filmed byKBS, MBC and SORTO
FootageSeoul 1988 Opening Ceremony - Full Length on YouTube



Parade of NationsEdit

The flag bearers of 159 National Olympic Committees entered the stadium, ordered by the Korean alphabet, and behind them marched the athletes.


SLOOC President Park Seh-jik delivered a speech in Korean, welcoming everyone. IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch delivered a speech in English and French. South Korean President Roh Tae-woo declared the Games of the XXIV Olympiad in Seoul opened.


Dignitaries in attendanceEdit

Most countries were represented by governmental-level representatives, and only a few world leaders came to the ceremony.

International organizations:

Host nation :

Foreign dignitaries :

TV coverageEdit