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The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad , were an international multi-sport event celebrated from 17 September to 2 October 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. They were the second summer Olympic Games to be held in Asia and the first since the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan.

Games of the XXIV Olympiad
1988 Summer Olympics logo.svg
Host city Seoul, South Korea
Motto Harmony and Progress (Korean: 화합과 전진, Hwahabgwa Jeonjin)
Nations participating 159
Athletes participating 8,391 (6,197 men, 2,194 women)
Events 237 in 23 sports
Opening ceremony September 17
Closing ceremony October 2
Officially opened by
Athlete's Oath
Judge's Oath
Olympic Torch
Stadium Olympic Stadium
Summer:
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Winter:
Calgary 1988 Albertville 1992  >

The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad (Hangul서울 하계 올림픽; Hanja서울 夏季 올림픽; RRSeoul Hagye Ollimpik), were an international multi-sport event celebrated from 17 September to 2 October 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. They were the second summer Olympic Games to be held in Asia and the first since the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan.

In the Seoul Games, 159 nations were represented by a total of 8,391 athletes: 6,197 men and 2,194 women. 263 events were held and 27,221 volunteers helped to prepare the Olympics. 11,331 media (4,978 written press and 6,353 broadcasters) showed the Games all over the world.

These were the last Olympic Games for two of the world's "dominating" sport powers, the Soviet Union and East Germany, as both ceased to exist before the next Olympic Games.

North Korea, still officially at war with South Korea, and its allies, Albania (who declared an Olympic-record fourth consecutive boycott), Ethiopia, Cuba, Madagascar, and Seychelles boycotted the games. Nicaragua boycotted the games because the U.S military support to the Contra rebels. However, the much larger boycotts seen in the previous three Summer Olympics were avoided, resulting in the largest ever number of participating nations during the Cold War era.