Symbolic Olympic rings surround the games

Symbolic Olympic rings surround the games

One of the most enduring symbols of the Olympics are the five colored rings, and they can be seen nearly everywhere at the Pyeongchang Games.

The rings were created by Pierre de Coubertin and introduced in 1913. They represent the union of the five continents and athletes from around the world meeting at the Olympic Games. In the center of a white background sit the five interlaced rings: blue, yellow, black, green and red.

In South Korea, they adorn a wide variety of surfaces, from curling lanes to cross-country courses. They've also become a fashion statement on hats, uniforms and glasses.

Here's a look at the rings as they hang, shine and illuminate around South Korea: 

This gallery was curated by AP photo editors Courtney Dittmar and Alyssa Goodman in Pyeongchang, South Korea.