Anchor: The Olympic torch will be lit for the second time in South Korea at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games next month. 
Thirty days ahead of the kick-off, our Oh Soo-young tells us the significance of the games which will be the second Olympic event to be held in the country in thirty years.

Report: South Korea will host the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in 30 days in the alpine city of Pyeongchang in Gangwon Province.

It has been 30 years since the country hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1988.

Adding to the historical significance, there are hopes of a turnaround in inter-Korean relations, igniting the founding spirit of the age-old games. 

The Seoul Olympics were boycotted by North Korea which shrugged off South Korea's offer to host the event together.

Leading up to the Summer Games, North Korean agents slipped a bomb onto a South Korean plane in November 1987, killing all 115 passengers, in a bid to thwart the South's efforts in gathering Olympic participants from around the world.

Before the 2002 World Cup was held in Seoul, a North Korean warship attacked a South Korean patrol boat, leaving six soldiers dead. 

Ahead of the upcoming Olympics, however, there is growing anticipation that the PyeongChang arena will stage an "Olympics of Peace." 

After the North's leader Kim Jong-un appeared to extend an olive branch to South Korea, offering to send a North Korean team to the Olympics and engage in urgent talks, the two sides have been making efforts to arrange the North's participation in the games.

The North has reportedly suggested sending a massive delegation of athletes, performers and officials to the games, during a high-level inter-Korean meeting held Tuesday.

There's even anticipation that the two Koreas will make a joint entrance, with their athletes standing side by side.
Oh Soo-young, KBS World Radio News.