Join us as we journey to the incredible country of South Korea! During this virtual tour of South Korea for kids, we’ll enjoy fun and inspiring South Korea activities. This South Korea virtual field trip is a perfect way to explore and also serve the world right from home during this holiday season!
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South Korea Activities for Kids and Service Ideas
SERVE AROUND THE WORLD
Featured Organization Doing Good: KKOOM
Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission (“KKOOM”, pronounced “koom”) provides access to education for Korean orphans, such as funding for preschool and college scholarships. KKOOM also sponsors and hosts holiday celebrations, summer activities and other events throughout the year which help the children have fun and learn life skills.
How Families Can Help in South Korea
- Consider if there’s some way you can donate or fundraise at least $1 for KKOOM. Here are some ideas for either fundraising online or outdoors:
- Sell 4 cups of lemonade
- Sing a holiday song in a parking lot and collect donations
- Host a virtual fundraising campaign
- Teach a 10 minute kids class on Zoom (baking? LEGO building? Star Wars origami?)
- Volunteer your skills in graphic design, social media, and more
- Simple service at home: Write down 3 things you’re grateful for in your education and share them with your family
Supporting Korean Individuals
- Learn how to cook some Korean food
- Sign up for an online taekwondo class
- Consider trying out some Korean skincare products
KOREA ACTIVITIES: LANGUAGE ARTS
Featured South Korea Book: South Korea Activities for Preschoolers
Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park (Author), Ho Baek Lee (Illustrator)
Picture Book Read Aloud
Picture Book Discussion Questions
Other South Korea Books for Kids
Find a picture book read aloud and discussion of The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi (Author, Illustrator) right here!
South Korea Activity Books For Kids
Languages in South Korea: South Korea Activities for Language Arts
SOUTH KOREA SOCIAL STUDIES:
SOUTH KOREA VIRTUAL TOUR OF HISTORY & LANDMARKS
South Korea History
South Korea Basic Facts
- The capital of South Korea is Seoul.
- The official name is the Republic of Korea in English, 대한민국 (Daehan Minguk) in Korean writing (Hangeul).
- Moon Jae-in is the current President of South Korea.
- South Korea is located in East Asia.
- The country is bordered by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) to the north.
- Korean is the official and national language of South Korea. The Hanguk dialect is spoken in South Korea.
- The currency in South Korea is the South Korean won = 1200 South Korean won ~ $1 USD
- Korea has 4 distinct seasons.
- Some of the common religions are: Protestant Christianity (19.7%), Korean Buddhism (15.5%) Catholic Christianity (7.9%)
- The main industries include textile, steel, car manufacturing, shipbuilding and electronics. South Korea is the world’s largest producer of semiconductors.
South Korea Fun Facts
- You are one year old as soon as you are born in Korea.
- The YouTube video of Gangnam Style was the most-watched YouTube video ever. BTS has had more views in 24-hours than any other video in the history of videos. The all-girl band Blackpink just broke a record for the most simultaneous views of a video, when 1,650,000+ people watched “How You Like That.”
- Korean culture highly values family, ancestors, and respecting elders.
- On average, Koreans work a 55-hour week, 15-hours longer than what is standard in the US.
- People who live in Seoul sleep an average of less than six hours per night.
- Even though restaurants in Seoul typically close at 11pm, stores often stay open until 4am!
- It is common to match outfits with your significant other in South Korea. #Twinning
- For nearly 1,500 years, women in Jeju have worked outside the home diving for sea urchins, abalone, and octopus while their husbands stay home with the children.
- The hanbok is a type of dress honored as a treasure of Korean culture.
- 1 in 5 South Koreans has the last name of “Kim.”
- Koreans love love – why have just one Valentine’s Day when you can have 12? The 14th of every month is dedicated to a show of affection for couples, including Hug Day (December), Kiss Day (June), and Diary Day (January) when couples give each other calendars pre-marked for significant days to commemorate together (I recommend Loom Journals for this purpose!)
- Christmas is an official holiday in South Korea, as 1/3 of South Korea is Christian. Don’t expect to see a red-suited “Father Christmas” show up on your roof, though; Santa in Korea normally wears blue and is referred to as “Grandpa Santa.”
Map of South Korea
Color in South Korea on this map of Asia!
South Korea Flag Activity
Flag from HERE
HERE is a fun printable South Korea flag coloring sheet!
South Korea Virtual Tour to Featured Landmarks
Gyeongbokgung Palace was built in 1395 in Seoul. It is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty and is the greatest example of ancient Korean architecture. Prince Regent Heungseon decided to restore all 7,700 rooms and 500 buildings.
Featured Important South Korean Person: Seo Taji and Boys
K-Pop music is famous for combining different styles of pop music with other musical elements from around the world. This mixing happened at least as early as 1885 when a Pennsylvanian Protestant missionary taught Korean lyrics with English folk songs. More popularly, Seo Taiji & Boys performed some English lyrics and hip hop dance moves to Korean tunes on a Korean talent show in 1992. This moment started Hallyu, or the modern “Korean culture wave,” in which so many other parts of the world have grown to love Korean culture.
SOUTH KOREAN ACTIVITIES: ARTS & CULTURE
Featured South Korean Artist: Paik Nam-june
Paik Nam-june learned to play classical piano as a child, and studied philosophy as an adult. He saw how technology could connect everyone and, in the early 1970s, described the future as an “Information Superhighway.”
Paik made music using everyday sounds before founding Video Art. For example, he stacked TVs in the shape of a cello and controlled the videos on each screen to play a different cellist performing the same song. He made a variety of other shapes out of TVs that involved carefully created videos, like a robot riding a horse or an outline of a country.
South Korean Craft & Culture Activity for Kids
Lunar New Year Kite in “Stained Glass”
Kim Yu-sin first flew kites in the 7th century, and South Koreans especially gather on Lunar New Year to fly kites. They sometimes let their kites go by cutting the string to ward off misfortune for the coming year. There are over 100 types of kites in South Korea, and Bangpaeyeon (방패연)is the most common.
- Take the two long dowel rods/sticks and cross them in the middle in the shape of an “X.” The four ends of the dowel rods will become the four corners of the kite.
- Tie the two rods together in the middle with string. Wrap them well and close it off with a double knot.
- Place the garbage bag over the rods and cut it down to size. Before removing the garbage bag from over the dowels, cut a circle hole about 2-3″ wide in the center of the garbage bag where the dowels cross.
- Now get creative designing your kite using Korean symbols, words and colors! Use the markers to design them however you’d like.
- When you have finished your design, tie the kite to the frame using string.
- Cut a string long enough to reach both sides of the same dowel with some slack. Before tying it on to both ends of the same dowel, cut a second string of the same length. Now tie one of the strings to both ends of the same dowel, and repeat for the second dowel.
- Tie on the flying string! Where those two dowel-length strings cross, tie a third super-long string to keep them together. You will hold one end of this string when flying your kite.
- Go fly a kite! If you want to ward off misfortune for the coming year, grab scissors and cut the string so your kite can fly off!
South Korean Art Books
Other South Korea Kids Activities
- Watch a K-Pop Music Video a few times and record yourself lip syncing it.
- Tie a Good Luck Knot
- Make a paper drum decorated with a Taegeuk
SOUTH KOREA ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS: MUSIC & MOVEMENT
South Korean Movement Activities
A Korean warrior started practicing how to fight without weapons about 2,000 years ago, and Tae Kwon Do “the way of the first and foot” was born. It is now an official Olympic Sport, with competitors training in 188 countries.
Maybe you’ve already mastered the art of kicking four targets in the same jump. If not, try out this beginner’s lesson.
No country produces as many top golfers as South Korea: 38 of the top 100 women golfers in the world are South Korean! Lydia Ko remains the youngest golfer to ever win a professional tournament at age 14. You could try to hit a golf ball around in your backyard or a nearby park, or maybe even build your very own improvised mini-golf course!
Buchaechum: Korean Folk Dance
Pansori: Traditional Korean Music
SCIENCE + MATH
Cooking activity, South Korean animals
Featured South Korean Food: South Korean Recipes for Kids
- Kimchi has been around for almost 800 years, and is eaten at every meal! It is so common that children are taught to say “kimchi” to smile for a picture! You can make your own, or save some time and buy one of the 170 varieties.
- Over 90% of the world’s seaweed for people to eat comes from South Korea.
- Bulgogi – thin cuts of beef cook quickly on a hot pan. The secret is marinating early and long – you can buy the sauce or make your own.
- Bibimbap – There are many ways to make “mixed rice with meat and a variety of vegetables” (which is what bibimbap means) – a clever and acceptable way of using what you have on hand.
Animals in South Korea
Both the tiger and rabbit are important Korean folk symbols. Some Koreans say the Korean Peninsula is shaped like a tiger and others, a rabbit. Both animals are found in Korean folktales and folk art.
The Lynx, Siberian Musk Deer, Common minke whale, Korean Goral (a type of goat) and Amur leopard are all found in South Korea. You can learn more about Korean animals here.
VIDEO + FURTHER LEARNING & DISCUSSION FOR SOUTH KOREA VIRTUAL TOUR
Kid Videos About South Korea
South Korea Conversations with a Local: Culture, History, & Food Discussion Video
South Korea with Kids Discussion Questions
- What are some of the pros and cons of working a lot of hours every day?
- Paik Nam-June predicted several things about the near future. What kinds of things do you think will change in the next 40 years?
- If you were to mix two kinds of music or dance to create a new style, which ones would you mix? What would you call it?
- South Korea is the world’s largest producer of semiconductors, which are used in lots of electronic devices, cars and appliances. What stuff would not be in your house if computer chips did not exist?
- What important days would you mark in a family calendar to make sure you never forget?
Thanks for Taking a Virtual Visit to South Korea With Us!
We’ve loved putting together this resource to virtually visit South Korea. We’d love to hear if you do any of these activities for a homeschooling South Korea unit, or if you visit in person!
We hope to inspire curiosity and connection through exploring and learning, and we hope this guide helps you and your families. Please share any activities you do with us over on our Instagram. And we’d be delighted if you passed this South Korea for kids virtual tour and homeschooling resource along to others, as well!
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