궁도란?

Korean Traditional Archery is a unique form of archery practiced only on the Korean penninsula. It is the evolution and result of many unique individual  influences which have occured in the country's history, and which have formed the backdrop for archery's modern use. Rather than focusing on practical use for hunting or use as a combat weapon, Korean Traditional Archery is practiced as a martial art solely for the training of social etiquitte within Korean society, and secondary as a source of physical exercise. this is picture

In order to understand Korean Traditional Archery fully, students need a basic understanding of the political and military history of Korea, in which are contained the important influences of Chinese Confusianism and use of the bow as a training method for Korea's military elite.

Other influences upon Korean Traditional Archery are more modern, and include the Japanese occupation of the early 20th century. During this period, Korean archery underwent subtle yet evident change due to the Japanese. The name itself, goongdo, is a parallel to Japanese Kyudo. Both names are taken from the Chinese characters which can be interpreted in English as 'the way of the bow.' Prior to the Japanese invasion of Korea, archery was more commonly referred to as Hwal sug gi, which can be interpreted as 'the practice of shooting the bow' and is taken from different Chinese characters.

Other examples of Korean Traditional Archery's dual nature of modernity and antiquity can be found in an excellent English essay on the sport which has been written by Colonel Hoon. This is a link to the essay.