[JULY] The Exploration of the Taekkyeon, a Traditional Korean Martial Art


The Exploration of the Taekkyeon,
a Traditional Korean Martial Art

UNESCO World Heritage: Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Taekkyeon

Date: July 8(Sat). 2018

Location: Chungju City, Chungcheongbuk-do Province

– Contents:
Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Taekkyeon
– Taekkyeon Activity
– Taekkyeon Performance Watching
Chungjuho Lake




~08:30 ∙ Meeting and departure
08: 30~11:30 ∙ Korea National Defense University → Chungjuho Lake
11:30~13:00 ∙ Chungjuho Lake Ferry Tour
13:00~14:00 ∙ Chungjuho Lake → Restaurant
14:00~15:00 ∙ Lunch (Vegetarian Buffet)
15:00~15:20 ∙ Restaurant → Chungju Taekkyeon Center
15:20~17:00 ∙ Taekkyeon Activity & Performance Watching
17:00~19:00 ∙ Chungju Taekkyeon Center → Korea National Defense University



택견 (Taekkyeon, a traditional Korean martial art)
Taekkyeon is a traditional Korean martial art that makes use of fluid, rhythmic dance-like movements to strike or trip up an opponent. The graceful movements of a well-trained Taekkyeon performer are gentle and circular rather than straight and rigid, but can explode with enormous flexibility and strength. The feet play as important a role as the hands. In spite of its gentle impression, Taekkyeon is an effective martial art highlighting a broad variety of offensive and defensive skills employing all available fighting methods. It also teaches consideration: a skilled Taekkyeon practitioner can rapidly dominate an opponent, but a true master knows how to make an opponent withdraw without incurring damage. As a part of seasonal farming-related traditions, Taekkyeon serves to facilitate community integration, and as a sport accessible to all plays a major role in promoting public health. Taekkyeon is also practiced by a great number of people as a daily activity. There are approximately fifty recognized practitioners of Taekkyeon at present, and the Korean Taekkyeon Association plays a significant role in the transmission and promotion of this traditional martial art.택견 (Taekkyeon, a traditional Korean martial art)


충주호 (Chungjuho Lake)
Chungjuho Lake is the nation’s largest lake, and was formed after the construction of Chungju Dam. When constructing the dam, an approximately 66.48㎢-area was submerged throughout three region in Chungju, Danyang and Jecheon. Even though nearly 50,000 people lost their hometown, the lake became a famous tourist spot of the region, along with Woraksan National Park, Songgye Valley, Cheongpung Culture Center, Eight Sceneries of Danyang, Gosu Cave, Guinsa Temple, Suanbo Hot Springs, Nodong Cave and other spots.

Tourists can enjoy the scenic area on five ferry docks from Chungjunaru, main ferry dock of Chungju Dam, Cheongpungnaru, Janghoenaru where Gudambong Peak and Oksunbong Peak are located, Danyangnaru in Danyang-eup, and Woraknaru located near the beautiful scenery of Woraksan Mountain. From Chungju Dam to Janghoenaru, it takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, making it a long-distance course and offers special sightseeing on board. This course also holds great views of Chungjuho Lake and Yeongbong Peak of Woraksan Mountain, the surrounding scenery of Woraknaru, and two scenic spots of Danyang which are Gudanbong and Oksunbong Peak featuring uniquely-shaped rocks and peaks. This course is the most attractive among Chungjuho ferry excursion routes.