Traditional Korean Activities

Traditional Korean Activities & Workshops


Dress up into traditional Korean clothing. Known for it's bright colors, simple and straight lines without any pockets, the hanbok for women is composed of a long dress with a short jacket (JeoGoRi, 저고리) to complete the outfit. The hanbok for men can be recognized by it's wide pants (BaJi, 바지) thight around the ankles and completed with the short jacket (JeoGoRi, 저고리).

K-Pop Belgium Society is able to present the Hanbok Photobooth activity in our program with special thanks to the Korean Cultural Centre.

Don't hesitate to try out Hanboks at our events and get you picture taken!


Ddakji, sometimes called ttakji, is a traditional South Korean game played using folded paper tiles. Korean ddakji is a great activity to keep children entertained. Folding the tiles helps them learn basic origami techniques and work on fine motor skills. The game is simple, all you need is to make your own folded origami ddakji tiles and play with them!

Create you own Ddakji origami game at our events!

© Noriee Ko

Hanbok folding workshop

One of our popular workshops is the hanbok folding workshop, given by the amazing girls of Hallyucon (NL). You can learn how to fold your own little hanbok here and take it home!

Lotus Flower Workshop

The Lotus Flower has a special importance in Korea and you will often find it depicted in images or as a pattern. The lotus flower symbolises creation, birth, liveability and reproduction and therefore it's one of the most  important symbols in both Korean culture and its traditional religions.

Did you know there's an annual lotus flower (lantern) festival in S-Korea? Every year many tourist from all over the world visit Korea specially for this festival. You will find lotus flowers blooming in certain parts in Korea and all Budhist temples will have magnificant lanterns on display. At this time there is also a lantern parade where you can witness volunteers carrying the most colorful and largest lanterns (even a dragon).

Each year a lotus flower workshop is given at our festival by the wonderful people of Arierang (Minke Thomas). Here you can create your own unique lotus flower with hanji paper.


© Johnny Vanhyfte



Gonggi (공기, pronounced gong-gee) is a popular Korean children's game that is traditionally played using 5 or more small grape-sized pebbles. Nowadays, children buy colourful plastic stones instead of finding pebbles. It can be played alone or with friends. The stones are called gonggitdol (공깃돌), which means "gonggi stones."

The game generally begins with each player tossing the stones from the palm of their hand into the air. While airborne, the player switches his hand backside up. The gonggi stones are then caught on the back of the hand. The person with the leading amount plays first. Since only a few stones and a flat surface are needed for play, the game can be played by anyone almost anywhere.


A game of Baduk starts with an empty board. Each player has an effectively unlimited supply of stones, one taking the black stones, the other taking the white. The basic object of the game is to use one's stones to form territories by surrounding vacant areas of the board.


Jegichagi is a Korean traditional outdoor game in which players kick a paper jegi into the air and attempt to keep it aloft. A jegi is similar to a shuttlecock, and is made from paper wrapped around a small coin.


Tuho was originally popular among royal families and the upper class. In a manner similar to horseshoes, tuho players attempt to throw arrows into the top of a narrow-necked wooden jar. The score is determined by the number of arrows in the jar.

Tuho is presently played by people from all classes.


Taekwondo is a Korean martial art, where they put the emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks and fast kicking techniques. At our festival you can not only watch a demo given by the Belgian Taekwondo demo team Chin Do Jang, you can also join in and learn a thing or two about this combative sport!


Hapkido, a highly eclectic Korean martial art which employs both close-range and long-range fighting techniques. This form of self-defense employs joint locks, grappling, and throwing techniques similar to those of other martial arts, but is also known for its use of traditional weapons!

There's a lot to say and learn about this amazing sport, so if you want to know more: you definitely need to come and check out our demonstration given by Hapkido Chung Do Kwan Rekem!


Ssireum or korean wrestling is a folk wrestling style and traditional national sport of Korea since the fourth century.

In the modern form each contestant wears a belt (satba) that wraps around the waist and the thigh. The competition employs a series of techniques, which inflict little harm or injury to the opponent: opponents lock on to each other's belt, and one achieves victory by bringing any part of the opponent's body above the knee to the ground

Try Ssireum at our events and experience a part of Korean culture.