World Martial Arts Festival

Performing Arts in Chungju

Every year, between August and October, Chungju hosts a week-long World Martial Arts Festival, alongside a cultural festival with food stalls, music and dance. More than 2000 martial-arts exponents from 30 countries come to demonstrate their amazing and varied skills.

It’s a chance to see both traditional Korean martial arts, such as hapkido and taekyeon, and a slew of snappy moves such as Chinese wushu, Malaysian silat, Brazilian capoeira, Indian kalan and Uzbekistan kurash.