Participants and spectators converged in South Korean city of Incheon for the opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games. The four-hour ceremony features 10 thousand athletes, a fireworks display and performances by singer PSY and other local pop stars.
The Incheon Asian Games opening ceremony kicked off in a blaze of colors and music on Friday (Sep 19). The spectacular affair boasts South Korea’s past and future by using digital technology.
Forty-five delegations from across Asia and the Middle East, including North Korea, will file past dignitaries including South Korean President Park Geun-Hye for a ceremony where the top-priced ticket seats cost $1,000.
The 17th Asiad includes the full Olympic programme plus Asian favourites like kabaddi and wushu, making for a packed schedule of 36 sports with 439 gold medals on offer.
Speculation rose on Friday that the Games’ symbolic flame will be lit by actress Lee Young-Ae, the star of the historical Korean drama “Dae Jang Geum” which was a massive hit across Asia.