South Korean officals were in full festive spirit when they visited the opening of the Gwangju Square Ice Skating Rink to promote next year's Summer Universiade Games in the city.
"In order to host a successful Universiade, the local community's participation is essential," said Park Hyun-jeong, head of public relations at Gwangju 2015.
"The PR team will do its best to for the Gwangju Universiade to be a welcoming and fun event for all."
Men and women of all ages also wrote encouraging messages to Gwangju 2015 and sent their support ahead of the Universiade.
"I am proud that Gwangju is hosting the World University Games for the first time," said local citizen Lee Jung-hwa.
"This is the biggest event that Gwangju has ever held and I hope that it will become a festival for not only the university students, but also for citizens of Gwangju."
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