|VIII Asian Games|
|Host city||Bangkok, Thailand|
|Events||199 in 19 sports|
|Opening ceremony||December 9|
|Closing ceremony||December 20|
|Officially opened by||King Bhumibol Adulyadej|
|Main venue||Suphachalasai Stadium|
The 8th Asian Games were held from December 9, 1978 to December 20, 1978 in Bangkok, Thailand. Originally, the host city was Singapore but Singapore dropped its plan to host the Games due to financial problems. And then Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan was decided to host the 8th Games. But Islamabad also dropped its plan to host the Asian Games due to conflicts with Bangladesh and India.
Thailand offered to help and the Asiad therefore was held in Bangkok. On the political front, Israel was expelled from the Asian Games. A total number of 3,842 athletes, coming from 25 countries, competed in these Asian Games. Debuting sports were archery and bowling.
The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below. The host nation, Thailand, is highlighted.
|3||South Korea (KOR)||18||20||31||69|
|4||North Korea (PRK)||15||13||15||43|