South Korean and North Korean athletes entered under the same flag during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
North Korean ice hockey player Chung Gum Hwang and South Korean bobsled player Won Yun-jong were joint flag bearers.
Olympic President Thomas Bach said: “We are stronger than all the forces that want to divide us.”
During the ceremony, Russian athletes entered under the neutral Olympic flag.
Russia has been banned from the Games and the upcoming Paralympic Games, following a 2016 McLaren report that said more than 1,000 of its athletes benefited from state-sponsored doping.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has invited 169 Russians who have met anti-doping criteria to compete as independent athletes, and their team will be known as the “Russian Olympic Athletes.”
About 35,000 spectators at the Olympic Stadium received warm-up seats, windshields, hats and gloves with temperatures down to -6 ° C during the two-hour ceremony.
There were also senior political figures from North Korea and the United States, two of the countries at the center of the political dispute.
Kim Yo-Yong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was sitting in a row behind Vice President Mike Pence in the VIP section.
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in shook hands with Kim Yo-Yong and said at the ceremony: “I would like to take this opportunity to convey greetings and a message of friendship from the people of Korea.
“The Seoul Summer Games in 1988 paved the way for reconciliation between East and West – destroying the wall of the Cold War. Thirty years after hosting the Summer Games, the Pyongyang Olympics began with the hope of peace from everyone around the world.
“The people of Korea have been eager to host the Winter Games, the only divided nation in the world. It reflects the Olympic spirit in its quest for peace. “
North Korea has announced it will send a delegation to Pyeongchang in January after meeting with its southern counterparts in their first high-level talks in more than two years.
The North Korean team consists of 22 players who will compete in five sports, although their ice hockey players will compete in a joint Korean team. They played together for the first time on February 4 in their only practice match, which they lost 3-1 to Sweden.
The “wow moments” of the ceremony include the formation of the Olympic rings, consisting of 1,218 drones – a Guinness World Record for drones used in the performance – and 100 skiers.
There was also the “vision of peace in the sky”, which was a constellation inside the arena, while the “balance of yin and yang” saw Korean drummers perform in unison before shaping the flag of South Korea. And the center of the stadium was illuminated in the eye-catching “connection to the world” segment.
It all ended with the central part of the ceremony, which was the traditional lighting of the Olympic flame. This was seen by the last torchbearer, Yuna Kim, who won Olympic gold in skating in 2010, lit a flame on top of the slope as 30 rings of fire rose to the white moon-shaped porcelain cauldron.