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Opening ceremony of 17th Asian Games held in Incheon

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09-19-2014 22:02 BJT

Full coverage: 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

The opening of the 17th Asian Games kicks off with an elaborate ceremony in Incheon.

Things began with a fireworks display at the Incheon Asiad main Stadium. The show began with the Incheon mayor Song Young-gil delivering a recorded speech welcoming people from around the world coming to the country. 

Famous actor Jang Dong-gun then gave a young girl a hula hoop, who then begans rolling it which leadsg to the kids dancing performance. 

The opening of the 17th Asian Games kicks off with an elaborate ceremony in Incheon.

The opening of the 17th Asian Games kicks off with an elaborate ceremony in Incheon.

Soprano Jo Sumi then performed the "Asiad Song". Korean traditional art was then shown along with performances by various Korean celebrities and singers. Actor Kim Soo-hyun, who shot to fame at home and abroad with his lead role in the TV hit drama "My Love from the Star," then walked with the young girl that he gave the hoop to, on a ship for a journey on the Asian continent.

As the first part of the show finished, the flag raising ceremony was held followed by the participating delegations entering the stadium. the South Korean president Park Geun-hye announced the opening of the 17th Asian Games before fireworks lit up the night sky.

South Korean actor Lee Young Ah, is expected to light the cauldron. The icing on the cake will be K-Pop star Psy. He will collaborate with internationally acclaimed Chinese pianist Lang Lang to perform his hit song "Champion" together before singing "Gangnam Style as the finale of the night's event just before athletic delegates exit the stadium. 

The opening of the 17th Asian Games kicks off with an elaborate ceremony in Incheon.

The opening of the 17th Asian Games kicks off with an elaborate ceremony in Incheon.

The opening of the 17th Asian Games kicks off with an elaborate ceremony in Incheon.

The opening of the 17th Asian Games kicks off with an elaborate ceremony in Incheon.

The opening of the 17th Asian Games kicks off with an elaborate ceremony in Incheon.

The opening of the 17th Asian Games kicks off with an elaborate ceremony in Incheon.

 

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