Russia Hands Olympics Over to South Korea During Closing Ceremony

South Korea to Host 2018 Winter Olympics
Artists perform after the handing over ceremony to the city of PyeongChang during the closing ceremony
Vincent Jannink/EPA/Landov

02/23/2014 AT 05:25 PM EST

A big part of Sochi's closing ceremony was dedicated to the ceremonial passing of the Olympics to South Korea, who will be hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

Choi Moon-Soon, head of the Gangwon province, was symbolically handed the Olympic flag; immediately afterwards, two young children began singing the Korean national anthem.

Russia Hands Olympics Over to South Korea During Closing Ceremony| Winter Olympics 2014

A musician performs as the Russian, Greek, and South Korean flags fly during the closing ceremony

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Next, a performer received a gayageum, a 12-stringed instrument, from the rafters, and proceeded to play it in the center of Fisht Olympic Stadium. He was eventually joined by an opera singer and dancers.

Russia Hands Olympics Over to South Korea During Closing Ceremony| Winter Olympics 2014

South Korean artists perform during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics

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And these snowmen, who were definitely upstaged by the return of Bear, Leopard and Hare later in the program.



Only four more years, everyone!

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