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Taekwondo Programs

Taekwondo, Experience the Traditional Martial Art of Korea

taekwondo Programs01 【 Photo: Taekwondo demonstration team performance (Credit: Kukkiwon) 】

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 LINK

【 Photo: Board-breaking experience (Credit: World Records Co., Ltd.) 】

Namsangol Hanok Village offers many free taekwondo-related programs, from move demonstration and creative performances to board-breaking hands-on experiences, in order to spread knowledge and awareness on taekwondo. Representative programs include a taekwondo demonstration by Kukkiwon, the national demonstration team, and performances blending taekwondo moves with music. A one-hour taekwondo experience program for international visitors is also available where participants can reflect on the values taekwondo by learning how to perform basic movements and board-breaking in a dobok (taekowndo uniform).

    Namsangol Hanok Village Taekwondo Performance
  • Address: 28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 중구 퇴계로34길 28)
  • Directions: Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3 & 4), Exit 4. Walk approx. 6 min.
  • Venue: Cheonugak Stage at Namsangol Hanok Village
  • Period: May 4 - October 30, 2018 (no performances on July & August)
  • Operating hours: Thursdays 15:00-15:25, Friday-Sunday 13:00-13:25, 15:00-15:25
  • Inquiries: +82-2-6674-4303 (Korean, English)
  • Website: www.hanokmaeul.or.kr (Korean, English)

  • Taekwondo Experience Program for Foreigners
  • Venue: Cheonugak Stage at Namsangol Hanok Village
  • Programs: Basic movements, board breaking, and wearing dobok
  • Period: May 4 - October 30, 2018
  • Operating hours: Wednesday-Thursday 10:30-11:30
  • Inquiries: +82-6674-4303 (Korean, English) / sugary2001@gmail.com

Kukkiwon LINK

【 Photo: Demonstration performance (Credit: Kukkiwon) 】

World Taekwondo Headquarters Kukkiwon offers taekwondo performances. Their original performance, “Great Taekwondo,” demonstrates taekwondo skills based on the theme of “Korea’s Spirit.” With its dynamic music, gorgeous lights, and powerful taekwondo moves, the show has been adored by both domestic and international audiences. The audience is also given the opportunity to try to demonstrate board-breaking and take photos after the show.

  • Address: 32, Teheran-ro 7-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 테헤란로 7길 32)
  • Directions: Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 12. Walk approx. 10 min.
  • Operating hours: Saturday-Sunday 20:00
  • Inquiries: +82-2-3469-0131~2
  • Website: demo.kukkiwon.or.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)

International Kumgang Taekwondo Center LINK

taekwondo Programs03 【 Photo: Tourists taking part in a taekwondo experience (Credit: International Kumgang Taekwondo Center) 】

International Kumgang Taekwondo Center specializes in providing taekwondo experience programs for 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.

  • Address: 47, Mokdongjungangbon-ro 1-gil, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 양천구 목동중앙본로1길 47)
  • Directions: Mokdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 3. Walk approx. 20 min.
  • Inquiries: +82-2-2642-0692 (Korean, English, Japanese) / cashin76@hanmail.net

National Taekwondowon LINK

taekwondo Programs03【 Photo: Taekwondo training experience (Credit: National Taekwondowon) 】

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 more information, please see the website before visiting.

  • Address: 1482, Museol-ro, Seolcheon-myeon, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 무주군 설천면 무설로 1482)
  • Directions: Take a taxi approx. 29 min from Muju Bus Terminal
  • Inquiries: +82-63-320-0121 (Korean), +82-63-320-0114 (English, Japanese), +82-63-320-0120 (Chinese) / reserve@tpf.kr
  • Website: www.tkdwon.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)
    ※ Program schedule subject to change. Visitors are advised to check in advance before visiting.

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This page was last updated on October 1, 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.