Taekwondo, Experience the Traditional Martial Art of Korea
Taekwondo, the most recognized form of Korean martial arts, is a sport that emphasizes a sense of morality, humility, and a respect for one's opponent. It has become a globally recognized sport where practitioners improve both their physical ability and mental strength. This martial art teaches both defensive and offensive techniques without using weapons. However, taekwondo puts more emphasis on defense because of the taekwondo spirit of respecting peace and justice. Continue reading to find out where you can experience this traditional Korean martial art yourself.
Namsangol Hanok Village offers many free taekwondo-related programs in order to spread knowledge and awareness of taekwondo. Representative programs include a taekwondo demonstration and creative performances blending taekwondo moves with K-pop. A one-hour taekwondo experience program for international visitors is also available where participants can reflect on the values of taekwondo by learning how to perform basic movements and breaking boards in a dobok (taekwondo uniform).
- Namsangol Hanok Village Taekwondo Performance
- Venue: Cheonugak Stage, 28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 중구 퇴계로34길 28)
- Directions: Walk for approx. 5 min from Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 4), Exit 4
- Period: April 19 - October 27, 2019 (no performances June 3 – September 3)
- Performance hours: Friday-Sunday 13:00-13:25, 15:00-15:25
- Admission: Free
- Inquiries: +82-2-6674-4303 (Korean, English)
- Website: www.visitseoul.net (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Thai)
- Venue: Cheonugak Stage at Namsangol Hanok Village
- Program details: Basic movements, board breaking, and wearing dobok
- Period: April 24 - October 31, 2019 (no programs June 3 – September 3)
- Program hours: Wednesday-Thursday 11:00-12:00
- Fee: Free
- Inquiries: +82-6674-4303 (Korean, English) / firstname.lastname@example.org (Korean, English)
- Registration form: docs.google.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Taekwondo Experience Program for Foreigners
International Kumgang Taekwondo Center
The International Kumgang Taekwondo Center specializes in providing taekwondo experience programs to foreigners. Programs range from short-term (basic forms and techniques) to long-term (a more intensive program held for a month or longer). The programs are generally carried out inside taekwondo studios in Korea, making the experience more meaningful. Small group sessions and large group sessions are available. For more details and reservations for the programs, please visit the official website.
- International Kumgang Taekwondo Center
- Address: 47, Mokdongjungangbon-ro 1-gil, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 양천구 목동중앙본로1길 47)
- Directions: Take Bus No. 602, 650, 654, 6715 or 6623 from Mokdong Station – Hongik Hospital Bus Stop (Mokdong Station, Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 3) to Yeongdo Middle School – Gangseo High School Bus Stop and walk for approx. 10 min
- Inquiries: +82-2-2642-0692 (Korean, English)
- Website: www.taekwontokorea.com (Korean, English)
The National Taekwondowon consists of an exclusive taekwondo competition arena, experience hall, museum, indoor performance hall, training center, and more. The experience hall integrates technology with taekwondo by using VR and the Taekwondo Museum exhibits the basics and the history of taekwondo as well as some other taekwondo-related materials. The center also offers program packages ranging from a one-day program to multiple-day programs for groups of more than 20 people. For more information, please see the website.
- National Taekwondowon
- Address: 1482, Museol-ro, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 무주군 설천면 무설로 1482)
- Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 40 min from Muju Bus Terminal
- Fee: Varies by program; refer to the website
- Inquiries: +82-63-320-0114 -> 1 -> 4 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Website: www.tpf.or.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)
* Program schedule subject to change. Visitors are advised to check in advance before visiting.
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