Transmitting an overriding message of peace and harmony, the dazzling variety of routines showcased Korean culture, and parts of it were set to a Korean pop music soundtrack.
Technology took a front seat in the ceremony. with the creative use of elements like more than 1,200 drones lighting up the sky to depict athletes in action.
The Olympic flame was lit toward the end of the opening ceremony, declaring the Winter Games officially open.
Check out some of the opening ceremony highlights:
Dancers perform "The Land of Peace" segment.
A makeup artist applies glitter to a performer backstage.
A tiger on stilts.
Olympic athletes from Russia's (OAR) parade during the opening ceremony. Banned from participating as representatives of Russia due to a doping scandal, they were required to wear neutral uniforms with no country designation.
Flag bearer Erin Hamlin of the United States leads her team.
Flag bearer Pita Taufatofua of Tonga and teammates enter the stadium.
The Jamaican bobsled team made a grand entrance, dancing as they went.
The North Korea and South Korea Olympic teams enter together under the Korean Unification Flag. A historic moment.
Snowboarder Shaun White and freestyle skiier Gus Kenworthy of Team USA.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.