Korean Poetry Recitation Contest

2022 Online Korean Poetry Recitation Contest

2022 Online Korean Poetry Recitation Contest

To commemorate the 576th Anniversary of Hangul Day (October 9, 2022), the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles (KCCLA) and the King Sejong Institute Center, USA are pleased to announce this year's Online Korean Poetry Recitation Contest, which will be in the form of an original video submission.

Contest Winners

Event Information

  • Submission period: August 22 - September 25, 2022 (Pacific)
  • Evaluation period: September 27 - October 1, 2022 (Pacific)
  • Announcement of winners: October 4, 2022 (http://www.kccla.org and https://www.ksicusa.com)
  • Online awards ceremony: 17:30 (Pacific) on Thursday, October 6, 2022
    (Schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances)


  1. Must be a US resident and at least 18 years of age on date of submission
  2. Any Korean learner in the US (including King Sejong Institute students, college students, and the general public), whose native language IS NOT Korean

How to Apply

  1. Video must be your own original work, with a brief (maximum 30-second) on-camera self-introduction (your name, level of class and/or amount of time that you have studied Korean; title and author of the poem; and any other brief comment that you wish to include).
  2. Choose one poem in your level (*See Table #1) and make a video of yourself reciting it in Korean. Please choose the appropriate level for yourself. Please carefully read and follow the instructions and evaluation criteria below.
  3. Submit your video (MP4 format ONLY) with the completed Consent and Release Form to speechcontest@kccla.org.
  4. Submission deadline: 11:59 pm (Pacific) on Sunday, September 25, 2022.
    (To be considered, applicants must submit a completed application via email.)

Video Format Guidelines

  1. File Format: MP4
  2. Minimum Video resolution: 1920(Width) x 1080(Height)
  3. You must recite the poem in Korean on-camera, but you can add background images, videos, and/or music.
  4. Video must be your own original work and created in Korean.
  5. At the end of your video, you must include appropriate references or citations for any images, video, or music that you do not own the rights to.

Evaluation Criteria



Brief on-camera introduction in Korean (max 30 seconds)


Pronunciation and enunciation


Fluency and appropriateness to level


Interpretation of poem **




Rhythm/flow and emotion

** Interpretation of the poem: It refers to the comprehension of the poem you have chosen, not a separate analysis of the poem. In order for you to recite poetry, if you understand it well enough, you will be empathetic, which will help you a lot in reciting.


Awards Prizes
Grand Place
(1 Winner)
$500 Award and Additional Prize (valued at $250)
First Place
(2 Winners)
$300 Award and Additional Prize (valued at $200)
Second Place
(4 Winners)
$150 Award and Additional Prize (valued at $150)
Third Place
(25 Winners)
$50 Value Each (Hangul or Korean culture-related art object)
Korean Culture Awards
(16 Winners)
$20 Value Each (Hangul or Korean culture-related art object)
  1. Award certificates issued by the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles (KCCLA) will be given to grand, first, and second place winners.
  2. The prize allotment may be subject to change without notice.
  3. The total number of prizes awarded may be adjusted, depending on the total number of valid submissions.
  4. A small souvenir gift will be sent to each valid participant who does not win one of the major awards or a Korean Culture Award.

Table #1

Class Level
Introductory & Basic (1) 꽃 한 송이 / 문정희 A Single Blossom / Mun Jeonghui
(2) 시냇물 / 최계략 A Stream / Choe Gyeryak
(3) 그리움 / 유치환 Longing / Yu Chihwan
(4) 추억 / 조병화 Memory / Jo Byeonghwa
(5) 춘일 / 조지훈 Spring Day / Jo Jihun
(6) 나그네 / 박목월 The Wayfarer / Pak Mogwol
Intermediate (7) 진달래 꽃 / 김소월 Azaleas / Kim Sowol
(8) 귀천 / 천상병 Back to Heaven / Cheon Sangbyeong
(9) 사슴 / 노천명 Deer / No Cheonmyeong
(10) 담쟁이 / 도종환 Ivy / Do Jonghwan
(11) 흔들리며 피는 꽃 / 도종환 No Flower Blooms Without Wavering / Do Jonghwan
(12) 서시(序詩) / 윤동주 Prologue / Yun Dongju
(13) 꽃 / 김춘수 The Flower / Kim Chunsu
(14) 오늘은 내가 반달로 떠도 / 이해인 Though I Come Up as a Half Moon Today / Yi Haein
Advanced (15) 즐거운 편지 / 황동규 A Happy Letter / Hwang Donggyu
(16) 국화 옆에서 / 서정주 Beside a Chrysanthemum / Seo Jeongju
(17) 알 수 없어요 / 한용운 I Cannot Know / Han Yongun
(18) 나와 나타샤와 흰 당나귀 / 백석 Natasha, the White Donkey, and I / Baek Seok
(19) 모란이 피기까지는 / 김영랑 Until Peonies Bloom / Kim Yeongnang
(20) 님의 침묵(沈默) / 한용운 Your Silence / Han Yongun

Download Poetry List for 2022 Online Korean Poetry Recitation Contest

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