The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) organized a special taekwondo program to captivate the audience with outstanding performances of the traditional Korean martial art. It was held online as it has become difficult for the audience to attend performances and shows due to the prolongation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The taekwondo performance held at Namsangol Hanok Village started in 2007, and stands as one of Seoul’s major tourist attractions loved by both locals and international tourists.
The SMG will show off the charms of taekwondo by producing various videos for global viewers to experience, albeit indirectly, the traditional Korean martial art. First, the SMG will produce and upload the teaser for “Seoul Online Taekwondo Performance 2021” starring a former taekwondo martial artist-turned-singer as well as a video about teaching taekwondo to international students at language schools and guesthouses in Korea, demonstrating how it can be learned by anyone without much difficulty.
The SMG will also upload various other videos that combine taekwondo with Korean culture and trends, including beauty, fashion and K-pop, were shot at Seoul’s leading tourist attractions, such as DDP, Dongnimmun Gate, Gwanghwamun Gate and Deoksugung Palace, to attract continuous attention to tourism in Seoul and target potential tourists.
The SMG will promote not just taekwondo, but also the city with these collaborative videos, such as the online “Beauty Taekwondo” live stream starring a beauty YouTuber and a team of taekwondo martial artists, and the “Beauty Seoul” performance by fashion models and a team of taekwondo martial artists at Dongnimmun Gate.
“Adding Light to Taekwondo,” a special performance to celebrate Taekwondo Day on September 4, will be staged at Oil Tank Culture Park. This will be a spectacular and powerful event that is differentiated from the conventional taekwondo performances. Group and solo performances at Oil Tank Culture Park’s Sustained Oil Tank (T3) and Art Space Dragon Pavilion were planned to fully show the unique charms of taekwondo. In particular, the group dance of performers in the LED-lit taekwondo uniform to be staged at Cultural Complex (T4) will be the highlight of the event.
The videos will be uploaded in order starting September 4 via online channels, including the “Taekwondo in Namsangol” YouTube channel and the SMG’s VisitSeoul TV.