|▲ Haenyeo at work Photo courtesy Jeju Tourism Organisation|
The PyeongChang Olympics are coming up soon and the Olympic flame is beginning its tour around the country.
The flame arrived in Korea on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 1 after being carried from Greece (on a plane) by gold-medal winning figure skater Kim Yu-na.
The flame will make its journey to Jeju on Nov. 2 when it will begin a two day trip around the island.
On Nov. 2 at 5:40 p.m. the torch will be carried on horseback and on foot from Jeju Bank Sagori to Inje Sagori. After that, there will be a torch welcoming event at Tapdong Seaside Amphitheatre which will begin at 6 p.m.
The next day, on Nov. 3, the torch will begin its journey at Shilla Hotel in Jungmun Tourist Complex at 9:28 a.m. It will then arrive at Seongsan Illchulbong at 12:10 midday where it will be carried by both Jeju haenyeo and a giant underwater robot called Crabster.
While many of our readers are familiar with haenyeo, you may be less familiar with Crabster. Crabster is a 2.4 meter long, half-ton, six-legged robot that can walk along the ocean floor at a depth of up to 200 meters.
This will be the first time that the Olympic flame has ever been carried by a robot!
After Jeju, the flame will fly out to Busan where it will continue on its journey throughout Korea.
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