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Sport in South Korea

Korea’s biggest contribution to the world of sports is Tae Kwon Do. It is the most recognizable Korean sport and features some of the most beautiful moves in the world of martial arts. It has been said that while most martial arts can be compared to grasshoppers and bees, Tae Kwon Do is more like a butterfly because of the grace involved in each move.

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But South Korea is slowly getting westernized in many aspects and that includes sports. Most South Koreans enjoy football and baseball. Some of their more traditional sports include bull fighting, wrestling and kite flying. Yes, kite flying is considered a sport for the most part of East Asia.

For the average modern South Korean though, more often than not, football is king. 41% of South Koreans still enjoy football and about 25% likes baseball according to the most recent polls. Their national football team was the first Asian Football Confederation member to ever reach the FIFA World Cup semi’s in 2002 which they did again in 2010. They have qualified for every World Cup since 1986.

Baseball is also one of the most popular sports in South Korea. They are as a matter of fact one of the best baseball teams competing in the international stage such as the World Baseball Classic. Other sports that have gained popularity in Korea include basketball, golf and rugby union. South Korea has also hosted various world sporting events most notably the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to South Korea.

Popular sports of South Korea

Traditional or Regional Sports

South Korean's Sporting Success

Great athletes from South Korea

South Korea Sports trivia

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South Korea at major events

Past sporting events hosted in South Korea

Upcoming sporting events in Sth Korea

Annual sporting events held in South Korea

Sporting Facilities in South Korea


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