Practitioners of Ilchi Kookhak Kigong from around the world gathered at City Hall in Seoul, South Korea for the 5th International Kookhak Kigong Sport Competition for All on Saturday and Sunday, October 21st and 22nd, 2017. These representatives from Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, the Middle East, and South Korea shared their love of a kigong style through which they've found health, happiness, and peace for themselves and their communities.
Approximately 12,000 people attended the event.
Ilchi Lee, the Mayor of Seoul, and various government officials gave congratulatory speeches at the opening ceremony on Saturday, preceded by dance, traditional Korean drumming performances, and kigong demonstrations.
Mayor Park also gave Ilchi Lee an award of appreciation for his contribution to the health and happiness of the people of Seoul.
The top two winning performances were given by teams from Japan, while the team from the Middle East took third place. The competition was friendly and harmonious and had a feeling of a joyful celebration and reunion.