SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on Saturday asked for the international community's support to make the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games a peace festival.
"(South Korea) will make the PyeongChang Winter Olympic a peace festival as we made the Seoul (Summer) Olympic an opportunity to build peace about 30 years ago," Kang told reporters inside a bullet train bound for Gangneung in Gangwon province, an east coastal city near the host city of PyeongChang, from the capital Seoul.
Kang said the peace festival could not be realized by South Korea alone, appealing for support and assistance from the international society.
The PyeongChang Winter Olympic was scheduled to kick off on Feb. 9 next year, lasting until Feb. 25. The Paralympic Games would follow from March 9 to March 18 in the namesake city.
Kang was accompanied by almost 100 diplomats from foreign missions in Seoul and 15 foreign businessmen in the country to let them experience how to get to the Winter Olympic venue and inspect Olympic facilities.
"(We) hoped ambassadors (could) know how comfortable and enjoyable going to PyeongChang is. I hope a lot of tourists as well as athletes visit PyeongChang," said Kang.
The new line of the Korea Train Express (KTX) from Seoul to Gangneung had yet to open, but the country planned to open it in December before the winter sports event kicks off.
The high-speed rail will be linked to PyeongChang from the Incheon International Airport in the western port city of Incheon and The Gimpo International Airport, stopping at PyeongChang as well as Jindu station and Gangneung station near the host city.