August 16, 2022

Official merchandise for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, from long padded coats to “finger-heart” gloves, has been flying off the shelves since its release.

The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games are just around the corner, but some of the official merchandise has already sold out. “Although many of the products were out of stock, they were replenished in late January, with the exception of long padded coats, umbrellas and hand fans,” said an official from the PyeongChang organizing committee.

One of the most popular products is the ankle-length, padded PyeongChang coats. The coats launched on October 24th sold out both offline and online in two weeks. It was the first product in the PyeongChang stores that was out of stock.

The coats, which come in black, gray, and white, are popular because of the reasonable price point for a goose down full body coat of around KRW 149,000 / $ 140. It is winter clothing that will keep the body super warm for many years.

On the final day of the jacket’s release on November 30th, long lines meandered around the block in front of the official PyeongChang kiosks in the official stores in Seoul, Busan and Daegu. Stores even had to limit purchases to one coat per person.

Also available are sets of “finger heart” gloves, available in navy blue, pink and gray that are flying off the shelves. The red tips of the index fingers and thumbs form a heart shape when held together, a popular gesture to show affection or cuteness.

Also for sale are items featuring the Games’ two official mascots, Soohorang, the white tiger, and Bandabi, the Asian black bear. One of the hottest mascots is the Soohorang soft toy. The white tiger comes in traditional hanbok clothing, both as a bride and groom. With Soohorang and Bandabi, many other products are also available, from sweatshirts to snow globes.

Traditional Korean motifs and patterns can be seen on many Olympic merchandise this year. There are place mats and table decorations embroidered with traditional Korean paintings and fan-like bookmarks inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

With the growing demand for PyeongChang Olympic products, counterfeits of some of the most popular products such as the padded coats have been reported. To protect yourself and ensure you receive official PyeongChang Olympic merchandise, purchase your items from the official online store or from one of the 29 PyeongChang merchandise kiosks located in major tourist spots across Korea.