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Korean Tradition

Many ancient Korean traditions survive today, evidence of the durability and resilience of traditional Korean culture. Impressive and magnificent stone and wooden spirit guardians carved millennia ago to protect villagers and travelers still stand strong and proud. And the endurance of Korean folk wrestling – the national sport of Korea – to the present day is a testament of the Korean people's determination to passionately practice their rich cultural treasures and bequeath them to future generations.

Korean traditions including wedding culture, food traditions, traditional folk wrestling (Ssireum), holiday traditions, Jangseung culture, social customs and etiquette.

Jangseung – guardians of the Korean people

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Jangseung are extraordinary, striking statues that stand as protectors over the Korean people, sheltering them from harm in their villages and on roads far away.

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Dol hareubang (Stone Statue of Jejudo Island) – fortress guardians

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Standing tall as a watchful yet compassionate presence, these expressive stone statues served as timeless guardians for the common people.

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Ssireum (Traditional Korean Wrestling) – an ancient sport evolved to the modern era

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A traditional Korean combat sport, ssireum has evolved from a survival tactic during ancient times to a form of entertainment enjoyed during festivals and holiday celebrations today.

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Korean traditions including wedding culture, food traditions, traditional folk wrestling (Ssireum), holiday traditions, Jangseung culture, social customs and etiquette.