Summer@UIC will arrange a number of activities for participants that allow them to learn about Korea through valuable first-hand experiences. During the afternoon sessions at the YIC campus, students will be able to enjoy a variety of activities outside the classroom including K-pop dance, Taekwondo, samulnori, and hanji art. Weekly excursions held both during the week and over the weekends will expose students to the rich cultural traditions of Korea by attending dynamic performances and visits to Seoul's highlights, both historical and modern.
Korean pop music, referred to as K-pop (an abbreviation of Korean pop), has become a large part of the Korean Wave. K-pop's popularity has been attributed to talent and individualism, as well as various collaborations with international entertainment producers. Learning Korean pop dance is one of the best ways to get a chance to know the Korean youth scene and experience Korean culture.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. In Korea, tae means "to strike or break with foot"; kwon means "to strike or break with fist"; and do means "way", "method", or "art". Thus, taekwondo may be loosely translated as "the art of the foot and fist" or "the art of kicking and punching." As many other arts, it combines combat techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, and in some cases meditation and philosophy. In 1989, Taekwondo was claimed as the world's most popular martial art in terms of the number of practitioners. Through practicing Taekwondo, one can improve his/her inner strength and spirits.
Samulnori is a genre of traditional percussion music that originat£å£ó in Korea. The word samul means "four objects" and nori means "play"; samul nori is performed with four traditional Korean musical instruments: Kkwaenggwari (a small gong), Jing (a larger gong), Janggu (an hourglass-shaped drum), Buk (a barrel drum similar to the bass drum). Samulnori has its roots in ¡®NongAk¡¯, which was traditionally performed to ensure and celebrate good harvests. Samulnori is the music that brings everything in the world together. Learning the details of these musical instruments and how to play them will expose students to the Korean spirit found in traditional melodies.
Korean paper or hanji is the name of traditional handmade paper from Korea. Hanji is made from the inner bark of Paper Mulberry, a tree native to Korea that grows well on its rocky mountainsides, known in Korean as dak. The formation crucial to making hanji is the mucilage that oozes from the roots of the Hibiscus manihot. This substance helps suspend the individual fibers in water. There are two divisions of hanji art: two dimensional and three dimensional divisions. Two-dimensional hanji art uses paper of various colors to create an image in a similar format as a painting. However, the paper itself is folded and crumpled to make the image stick up from the paper it is adhered to, but the image itself is only a two-dimensional likeness, although there may be depth to some of the elements. Two-dimensional hanji art can be framed much like a painting. Three-dimensional hanji art is similar to paper mache, in which it can make sculptural objects that may stand unsupported.