A gold background with black text. In the center is an orange tiger with a blue curly C and holding a volleyball
Created by Kim Hyun, Hodori was the official mascot of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. The “Ho” of Hodori comes from the Korean word meaning tiger, while “Dori” is a common masculine diminutive. There is also a female version of the mascot named Hosuni, though she was rarely used as the mascot.
The tiger appears frequently in Korean popular art and legends. With a positive image, it is often associated with humour, bravery, and nobility. Hodori wears the Olympic rings around his neck. On his head is a typical traditional Korean hat, the sangmo. The ribbon on the hat is in the shape of an S for Seoul, and appears in various forms.
International Olympic Committee. (2015). Seoul 1988 Hodori. Retrieved from http://www.olympic.org/seoul-1988-mascot.