Hodori (Korean호돌이) was the official mascot of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. The stylized tiger was designed by Kim Hyun as an amicable Amur tiger, portraying the friendly and hospitable traditions of the Korean people.

Mascot of the 1988 Summer Olympics (Seoul)
CreatorKim Hyun
SignificanceAn Amur tiger
Korean name
Revised RomanizationHodori
Hodori statue.

Origin and meaning of the nameEdit

"Ho" (Korean: ) is derived from the Korean word for tiger ("horangi", Korean: 호랑이), and "dori" (Korean: 돌이) is a diminutive for boys in Korean. The name Hodori was chosen from 2,295 suggestions sent in by the public.

Other uses and variationsEdit

1986 Asian GamesEdit

Hodori was also the official mascot of the 1986 Asian Games, the test event of the Olympics.


There was also a female tiger named "Hosuni" (Korean: 호순이), but she was seldom used. "Suni" (Korean: 순이) is a diminutive for girls in Korean.

Korean Tae-Kwon-Do National Demonstration TeamEdit

Hodori is also the name of the Korean Tae-Kwon-Do National Demonstration Team, which also uses the Hodori tiger as their symbol.

Yummy Korean BBQ restaurantEdit

The mascot of the Hawaii-based Korean barbecue restaurant Yummy Korean BBQ is adapted from Hodori. The Yummy tiger doesn't wear the Olympic rings, has a white tongue instead of red, wears a solid black hat, and has a green letter "Y" on his tummy.

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Preceded by
Hidy and Howdy
Olympic mascot

Seoul 1988
Succeeded by