Construction was initiated with the scarce budgets, but helps with financial supports from everywhere. According to the Un Yong Kim, the first president of Kukkiwon, Lee Byung Chul Samsung CEO donated ￦3,000,000, Chung In Young Hyundae Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd Vice President donated ￦2,000,000, Poonghan paper manufacturer donated ￦2,000,000, and Daenong donated ￦2,000,000. In addition, it is recorded that Ssangyong cement Co., Incheon Steel Col., Hanglass Co., and Dongkwang Co., supplied constructive material, manufactured by their own factories.
Kukkiwon is a building in modern style. However, if you look at the entire building, you will see Hanok which retains a traditional Korean style and sentiment. Kukkiwon is reminiscent of curved line of Korean traditional house including external round pillars and the roof that reminds of Hanok. It is characterized by emphasizing asian values such as covering the roof with Cheonggiwa and placing eight conical pillars, which indicate Bagua, on the floor.
One year after opening Kukkiwon, monument was erected to commemorate foundation of World Taekwondo Federation and successful hosting of the 1st World Taekwondo Championships in May 1973. Some historical events were carved on the monument in English and Korean; "The 1st World Taekwondo Championships. May 25 ~ 27, 1973 A.D. Establishment of World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). May 28, 1973 A.D. World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) President Un Yong Kim."
Taekwondo became an official sport in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. After it was selected to be a demonstration sport in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Taekwondo became an official a sport in 1994 and 2000. The monument was donated by Cheil Communications, one of Korea's largest advertising agency, for celebrating first anniversary of becoming an official sport. Both World Taekwondo Federation logo and the Olympic flag are on the monument.
curated by :Jonggab Lee, Heejin Choi
Planning : kukkiwon
editor : Byoungjoo Shin