In celebration of next month's PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the National Museum of Korea has begun an exhibition Friday called "Tigers in East Asian Art."
It was organized jointly by Japan's Tokyo National Museum and the National Museum of China, and features 145 paintings and artifacts from the three East Asian countries.
Tigers have been considered a special part of their cultures since ancient times.
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"The three neighbors -- Korea, China and Japan -- all shared a common belief that the tiger had noble characteristics and powers to protect humans. This is one of the reasons why the animal was selected as mascot for this year's Winter Olympics."
This is the first time the museum has held a special exhibition focused on tigers in 20 years.
It recalls the history of tiger-related artwork from long ago through the modern era with drawings and carvings on media including pottery, weapons and even pillows.
The works reflect how the three nations see tigers differently, and visitors say going to the exhibition has been worthwhile.
"For kids, tigers might be scary.
So I came here with my children to show them the great and unique characteristics of the tiger as it's depicted in Korean art."
"I had a meaningful time today. It was nice learning about the different ways tigers are depicted in the three countries."
The organizers say they hope the exhibition will help improve cultural exchanges between the three countries by helping people discover things they have in common and understand their differences.
"Since the Olympic spirit is also about harmony and prosperity, we thought that this could be a good opportunity to share with the world the common historical values shared by Korea, Japan and China. We hope the event will serve as a bridge encouraging more exchanges and cooperation among them."
The exhibition will run for nearly two months until March 18th, the last day of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.