World's largest Taekwondo center opens in southwestern KoreaUpdated: 2014-09-05 14:31:29 (KST)
Korea is the birthplace of one of the most well-known forms of martial arts -- Taekwondo.
So it seems only right that Korea should have the largest Taekwondo center.
The opening ceremony for this new facility in Muju, Jeollabukdo Province in Korea's southwest was held on Thursday.
Over 25-hundred visitors and distinguished guests, including Prime Minister Chung Hong-won and other top government officials attended the ceremony.
Highlighting the government's efforts to make the facility a global Taekwondo mecca, 200 masters of the martial art from 16 countries were given medals for their efforts to globalize the sport.
"We established the Taekwondo center to globalize the sport and make this center a mecca. To fulfill our goal we will offer variety of Taekwondo programs and help globalize it through international exchange.
Local residents are also proud to see such an amazing center of sporting excellence set up in the heart of their community.
"As a Muju resident I am pleased to see the opening of the Taekwondo center. The center was established and represents Muju, the Republic of Korea and will be a good chance to promote the sport around the globe."
The world's largest Taekwondo center is built on over 2.3 million square meters of land, ten times the size of Seoul World Cup Stadium, and it's capable of accommodating 14-hundred people at once.
The center also has interactive facilities, where visitors and pro athletes can hone their Taekwondo skills.
" Visitors can enhance their basic Taekwondo skills through numerous interactive activities and also get to spar against virtual reality fighters."
At a cost of 240 million U.S. dollars, the center also includes the world's largest Taekwondo arena, a museum, an experience hall and many other points of interest.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News, Muju.
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