The Seoul emblem features a traditional Korean samtaeguk pattern. A samtaeguk is a visual image which represents Korea. The swirl depiction represents the people of the world coming together in Korea, symbolising worldwide harmony.
The motto of Seoul 1988 was "The Games of Peace".
The official mascot for the 1988 Summer Olympic Games was the friendly tiger, Hodori. This reflected the hospitable traditions of the Korean people. Hodori's female version was called Hosuni.