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Kukkiwon as the World Taekwondo Headquarters
has vitalized Taekwondo in the form of the leading martial art
by globalizing it since its foundation 1972.

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Kukkiwon Memorial Hall

The single place in the world where
The history of Taekwondo lives and breathes
The Kukkiwon museum, since its founding in November 1991. It opened a newly built, 196.15 square meter wide Taekwondo museum to the public, exhibiting historical Taekwondo documents and commemorative objects.

Inside the museum are are historical records of Taekwondo, keeping up with the image of Taekwondo homeland. There are also various Taekwondo-related records and as many 2,500 commemorative items on display, such as Taekwondo Dobok (uniform), Hogu (armor), various Gyeorugi equipments, trophies from major competitions both local and overseas, awards, plaques, championship flags, badges, pendants, photographs, books, newspaper and magazine articles, and audio-visual clips. Also among the displays are President Un Yong Kim’s collections during his time as an IOC (International Olympic Committee) member.

There are 360 photographs and posters, 40 trophies, 155 medals, 147 plaques, 270 souvenirs, 400 films and videotapes in the museum. Publications on display include 171 Taekwondo-related periodicals, 58 newspaper articles, and 355 books on Taekwondo.

The Taekwondo museum is located on the second floor of Kukkiwon auxiliary building and boasts an exhibition room and a data library. The construction was complete in only 22 months after the construction plan was proposed. Hundreds of thousands of visitors flocked to the museum; some notable visitors include IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, GAISF president Thomas Keller, foreign ambassadors, chairman of the Korea Sports Council, local and international key sports figures, and Taekwondo players and leaders from around the world.