Best photos of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony in South Korea

The start of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic GamesJonathan Nackstrand/AFP
Fireworks go off during the opening ceremonyFrançois-Xavier Marit/AFP
Traditional drummers perform during the opening ceremonySean M Haffey/Getty Image
White Tiger and five children enter the arenaJamie Squire/Getty Images
The South Korean flag, or Taegeukgi, is seen during the opening ceremonySean M Haffey/Getty Images
The South Korean flag is carried into the stadium by some of the country's most successful OlympiansJamie Squire/Getty Images
Flag bearer Erin Hamlin of the United States leads the teamSean M Haffey/Getty Images
Shirtless flag bearer Pita Taufatofua of Tonga leads the team outJamie Squire/Getty Images
The North Korea and South Korea Olympic teams enter together under the Korean Unification FlagMatthias Hangst/Getty Images
Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic GamesJavier Soriano/AFP
5G 'candles' are lit during the opening ceremonyMatthias Hangst/Getty Images
Performers make the shape of a dove in the stadiumFrançois-Xavier Marit/AFP
The torchbearer enters the stadium SeanSean M Haffey/Getty Images
The flame reaches the Olympic CauldronDavid J Phillip/Getty Images

Fireworks exploded over the huge crowd gathered in the freezing Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in South Korea as the spectacular opening ceremony kicked off. Performances displayed the sweep of Korean history and culture, including a performance called "The Land of Peace". After a chaotic year of nuclear war threats and nuclear and missile tests from the North, it was a striking visual moment.