Indonesia successfully attracted the attention of the global community by hosting the Asian Games 2018). Several notable international medias has reported the success of the event recently. South China Morning Post has praised Indonesia for its high quality programmes and organised venues.

Asian Games closed on 2 September 2018 but the euphoria stays unabated. Most Indonesian nationals find it hard to move on from this event. It took 56 years for Indonesia to finally host the Asian Games for the second time and it is definitely an unforgettable moment for Indonesian people. Here are seven interesting facts about the Asian Games 2018 you need to know:

1. The Fantastic Opening Ceremony

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Indonesia put a lot of effort to provide world class opening ceremony in the Asian Games 2018. The President, Mr. Joko Widodo, also participated to celebrate the ceremony by riding motorcycle to enter the stadium. And let’s not forget the 1,600 students who danced Tari Ratoh Jaroe which is originally from the Aceh province. This dance represents the welcome from Indonesian people to all the guests and athletes of the Asian Games 2018.

2. Cover of Official Songs of Asian Games 2018

J Fla (Image Source: YouTube J Fla)

J Fla (Image Source: YouTube J Fla)

There are 12 official songs of the Asian Games 2018. Among those, Bright as The Sun and Meraih Bintang are the most covered songs. These songs are not only covered by singers from Indonesia, but also singers across the Asia.

Bright as The Sun is originally sung by 18 outstanding singers from Indonesia and the lyric is in Bahasa Indonesia and English. Several Asian singers, including Jannine Weigel (Thailand), JFla (South Korea), and Hiroaki Kato (Japan), covered the song and translated it to their native language.

The second song is Meraih Bintang. This was originally sung by Via Vallen in Bahasa Indonesia and attracted many Asian singers to cover it. Jannine Weigel (Thailand), Hoon Sound (South Korea), Aseel (Saudi Arabia), Siddhart Slathia (India), and Jason Chen (Taiwan) are a few of Asian singers who cover Meraih Bintang and translated it to their native language.

3. 10 Sports Included for the First Time

Victor Pogadaev [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Victor Pogadaev [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

There are at least 10 sports debuted in the Asian Games 2018. These sports have existed for long time but it is the first time to be competed in the Asian Games. The first sport is Pencak Silat which is an original martial arts from Indonesia. The nine remaining firstly introduced sports in the Asian Games are Bridge, Basketball 3X3, Jetski, Ju Jitsu, Sambo, Kurash, Rollersport (Skateboarding and Rollerskating), Roc Climbing, and Paragliding.

4. Mascot of Asian Games 2018

By Gunawan Kartapranata [CC BY-SA 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

By Gunawan Kartapranata [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

You probably noticed the presence of these cute mascots in almost all of banners, official videos, and posters of the Asian Games 2018. There are three official mascots for this event. These are Bhin Bhin (Bird of Paradise), Atung (Bawean Deer) and Kaka (Single-Horned Rhinoceros), and they represent different values of the Games as strategy, speed and power respectively.

Another interesting fact about these cute mascots is that their name derived from the official jargon of Indonesia, Bhineka Tunggal Ika wich means unity in diversity. Bhin Bhin derived from Bhineka, Atung derived from Tunggal, and Kaka derived from Ika.

5. Unified Korea

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This biggest international sporting event in Asia has marked a watershed in the history of the Korean peninsular. That is North Korea and South Korea decided to have formed unified delegation for several sports to compete in the Asian Games 2018. Both countries also brought the unification flag at the opening ceremony and that was the second unified delegation of Korea in international sport after Pyeongchang Winter Olympic 2017.

On top of that, the unified delegation of Korea proved their great teamwork. The unified delegation of women’s 500 meters dragon boating won gold medal for both countries. To celebrate their victory, a Korean folk song “Arirang” was played, instead of national anthem.

6. 12 Million Tweets During Asian Games 2018

Asian Games 2018 Got Popular on Twitter (Image Source: Twitter Indonesia)

Asian Games 2018 Got Popular on Twitter (Image Source: Twitter Indonesia)

Thanks to social media, people could feel the enthusiasm of the Asian Games 2018 online. Twitter was one of the most popular social media platforms used during the contest. People used Twitter to express their support to the athletes, share information about the games, and even uploaded funny or interesting images related to the Asian Games 208.

Twitter Indonesia reported that almost 12 million tweets related to #AsianGames2018 made during 18 August until 2 September 208. Hashtag #ClosingCeremonyAsianGames2018 reached the peak period with 1.8 million tweets made during the event. And the performance of Super Junior in the closing ceremony made the twitter land crowded by 460,000 Tweets Per Minute (TPM)

7. The Spectacular Closing Ceremony

Tasnim News Agency [CC BY 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Tasnim News Agency [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Asian Games 2018 officially ended on 2 September 2018 with China came out as the first place, followed by Japan in second, South Korea in third, Indonesia in fourth, and Uzbekistan in fifth.

After successfully hosting the fantastic opening ceremony of the Asian Games 2018, Indonesia showed their professionalism again through the spectacular closing ceremony in GBK Stadium. It was a fabulous celebration with the performances from famous Asian singers. Super Junior, iKON, Isyana Sarasvati, BCL, Siddharth Slathia, Denada, and many more stole the audiences’ heart by their perfectly choreographed performances.

In the closing ceremony, Indonesia also has officially passed the baton “Energy of Asia” to China as the host of the Asian Games 2022 in Hangzhou. Jack Ma, one of the richest person in the world, came up to the stage and welcomed people to come to Hangzhou, his hometown, for Asian Games 2022.

By Ilham Mubarok, ASEAN Correspondent from Indonesia

Image Sources:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

https://www.youtube.com/user/JFlaMusic/

https://blog.twitter.com/official/in_id/topics/events/2018/12-juta-Tweet-terkait-AsianGames2018.html

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