The Tavern of the Taegeuk Warriors is creating Original long-form writing and podcasts about Korean football
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The Taegeuk Warriors (or Taeguk Warriors) is the nickname of the South Korean national football team.



Taegeuk represents the origin of everything in the universe; holding the two principles of yin and yang in perfect balance; blue= negative, red = positive. Swirling together, infinity in movement, and united as one. The Taegeuk design was used by ancient Korean civilizations for different purposes, evolving into a symbol for Korean Taoism.

The Tavern of the Taegeuk Warriors is an English-language Korean football website that has been creating original content, writing stories, previewing and reviewing matches and analyzing and scrutinizing Korean football since 2012.

We strive to tell the story of the beautiful game through a Korean perspective, by keeping up to date with the Korean national team, Koreans players abroad, youth prospects, the K League, as well as presenting innovative commentary and analysis you can’t get anywhere else on Korean football in the English language.

The Tavern is the brainchild of Roy Ghim, “The Old Tavern Owner”, who created this site as a blog following the jubilation and shock as Korean football once again stunned the world by claiming a historic Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 London Games. His deep passion and love for football is something emulated by the entire Tavern crew who are inspired by his story:

Tavern of the Taegeuk Warriors was inspired partly by insanity – summers can be extremely hot in Maryland – but also a growing fascination with international soccer. The game is unique in our past century as a unifying international language. People can speak this common language despite enormous distances, lingual, cultural, and past differences. It unites and occasionally divides (with horrific consequences), but ultimately bonds people across the world. I experienced it first hand in travels to rural Ghana as the 2006 World Cup was under way. In the village of Peki near the Togo border, jubilation erupted, people were animated by the word of mouth, and gunshots punctuated the air when Asamoah Gyan nailed the first shot in a 2-0 group stage victory over a heavily favored Czech Republic. People came out and handed me beers. It was pure magic. At night, drumming was loud and constant; despite it being 4 in the morning, I came to admire the endurance of the absolute joy Ghanians had in this victory.
The Tavern strives, yes, to relive these moments of delirium – the times when Korean football, and football in general, have inspired a generation. But the Tavern also strives to tell the story of today through various methods, by honing on the major structural and political issues surrounding Korean football in addition to following the Red Devils through cup competitions such as the elusive Asian Cup and the greatest sporting spectacle on earth – the World Cup.

Blogging, when done right, can be a way to illuminate the areas that the western media establishment under-report. The Tavern has several spotlights in order to raise the profile of Korean players within an western English language context.
Moreover, the Tavern strives to build a community. By uniting Koreans living abroad (of all generations), English-speaking Koreans at home and Korean football enthusiasts, the Tavern is dedicated to creating a space for passionate fans from all across the globe to share in the joys and the troubles of supporting Korean football. In addition, the Tavern staff is composed of a diverse and energetic team of contributors from across North America, Asia and Oceania ready to each bring their own perspective to hanguk chukgu.

Roy Ghim puts it best:

The Tavern of the Taeguk Warriors can be a place to convene, discuss, analyze, wring hands, pound the table, watch the games together, express joy and regret, and hang out and drink — except that you can’t really drink here, no liquor license in cyberspace… yet.
Find out more about our truly global crew of writers and contributors here.

For more on Roy’s story with football, the universal language, and reconnecting with his Korean roots, click here.
Tiers
Tavern Supporter
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
Our eternal thanks from the Tavern, and a shoutout on our website and our Twitter and Instagram for being an awesome and loyal reader. 


Includes

-A shoutout on our official Tavern Twitter account 

Tavern Ultra
$2 or more per month 7 patrons
In addition to the thanks and the shoutouts, the entire Tavern crew will follow you on Twitter, all 10 of us, and thank you profusely! In addition, you will have access to our Patreon forum, where you can provide suggestions for future columns on the Tavern and future topics for our podcast! 


Includes

-A shoutout on our official Tavern Twitter account 

-Follows on either Instagram or Twitter from our official Tavern accounts

-Access to Patreons-only forum

Red Devil
$5 or more per month 10 patrons
In addition to the thanks, shoutouts, follows and the forum, we will provide you with an exclusive early access to our Tavern articles on our Patreon page! You will be among the first of our readers around the world to be able to read our in-depth tactical and performance analyses! We will also be giving you our thanks and shoutouts at the beginning of all of our podcasts! 


Includes

-A shoutout on our official Tavern Twitter account 

-Follows on either Instagram or Twitter from our official Tavern accounts 

-Access to Patreons-only forum

-Exclusive early access to our Tavern articles, on Patreon

-A shoutout on our podcast

Taegeuk Warrior
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
In addition to the thanks, shoutouts, follows, the forum, and early content access, you will now be playing a major role in directing our content! You will be invited at any time you like to suggest any topics for the Tavern, which our team of authors will be more than happy to oblige! In addition, you will be invited at any time of your choosing to be our featured guest in our podcasts, where you can share as much about Korean football as you wish! 


Includes

-A shoutout on our official Tavern Twitter account 

-Follows on either Instagram or Twitter from our official Tavern accounts

-Exclusive early access to our Tavern articles, on Patreon

-A shoutout on our podcast

-Suggest or direct topics for the Tavern’s website and podcast, with as much contribution as you’d like

Goals
$88 of $100 per month
Reaching $100 will help us keep the Tavern lights on, by allowing us to pay our server costs fully, as well as maintaining the website, and compensate our authors for the fabulous work they have created and the great amount of time they have put in. We will also begin pursuing original merchandise for our Patrons, and make sure keep our Patrons fully updated on that process.
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The Taegeuk Warriors (or Taeguk Warriors) is the nickname of the South Korean national football team.



Taegeuk represents the origin of everything in the universe; holding the two principles of yin and yang in perfect balance; blue= negative, red = positive. Swirling together, infinity in movement, and united as one. The Taegeuk design was used by ancient Korean civilizations for different purposes, evolving into a symbol for Korean Taoism.

The Tavern of the Taegeuk Warriors is an English-language Korean football website that has been creating original content, writing stories, previewing and reviewing matches and analyzing and scrutinizing Korean football since 2012.

We strive to tell the story of the beautiful game through a Korean perspective, by keeping up to date with the Korean national team, Koreans players abroad, youth prospects, the K League, as well as presenting innovative commentary and analysis you can’t get anywhere else on Korean football in the English language.

The Tavern is the brainchild of Roy Ghim, “The Old Tavern Owner”, who created this site as a blog following the jubilation and shock as Korean football once again stunned the world by claiming a historic Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 London Games. His deep passion and love for football is something emulated by the entire Tavern crew who are inspired by his story:

Tavern of the Taegeuk Warriors was inspired partly by insanity – summers can be extremely hot in Maryland – but also a growing fascination with international soccer. The game is unique in our past century as a unifying international language. People can speak this common language despite enormous distances, lingual, cultural, and past differences. It unites and occasionally divides (with horrific consequences), but ultimately bonds people across the world. I experienced it first hand in travels to rural Ghana as the 2006 World Cup was under way. In the village of Peki near the Togo border, jubilation erupted, people were animated by the word of mouth, and gunshots punctuated the air when Asamoah Gyan nailed the first shot in a 2-0 group stage victory over a heavily favored Czech Republic. People came out and handed me beers. It was pure magic. At night, drumming was loud and constant; despite it being 4 in the morning, I came to admire the endurance of the absolute joy Ghanians had in this victory.
The Tavern strives, yes, to relive these moments of delirium – the times when Korean football, and football in general, have inspired a generation. But the Tavern also strives to tell the story of today through various methods, by honing on the major structural and political issues surrounding Korean football in addition to following the Red Devils through cup competitions such as the elusive Asian Cup and the greatest sporting spectacle on earth – the World Cup.

Blogging, when done right, can be a way to illuminate the areas that the western media establishment under-report. The Tavern has several spotlights in order to raise the profile of Korean players within an western English language context.
Moreover, the Tavern strives to build a community. By uniting Koreans living abroad (of all generations), English-speaking Koreans at home and Korean football enthusiasts, the Tavern is dedicated to creating a space for passionate fans from all across the globe to share in the joys and the troubles of supporting Korean football. In addition, the Tavern staff is composed of a diverse and energetic team of contributors from across North America, Asia and Oceania ready to each bring their own perspective to hanguk chukgu.

Roy Ghim puts it best:

The Tavern of the Taeguk Warriors can be a place to convene, discuss, analyze, wring hands, pound the table, watch the games together, express joy and regret, and hang out and drink — except that you can’t really drink here, no liquor license in cyberspace… yet.
Find out more about our truly global crew of writers and contributors here.

For more on Roy’s story with football, the universal language, and reconnecting with his Korean roots, click here.

Recent posts by The Tavern of the Taegeuk Warriors

Tiers
Tavern Supporter
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
Our eternal thanks from the Tavern, and a shoutout on our website and our Twitter and Instagram for being an awesome and loyal reader. 


Includes

-A shoutout on our official Tavern Twitter account 

Tavern Ultra
$2 or more per month 7 patrons
In addition to the thanks and the shoutouts, the entire Tavern crew will follow you on Twitter, all 10 of us, and thank you profusely! In addition, you will have access to our Patreon forum, where you can provide suggestions for future columns on the Tavern and future topics for our podcast! 


Includes

-A shoutout on our official Tavern Twitter account 

-Follows on either Instagram or Twitter from our official Tavern accounts

-Access to Patreons-only forum

Red Devil
$5 or more per month 10 patrons
In addition to the thanks, shoutouts, follows and the forum, we will provide you with an exclusive early access to our Tavern articles on our Patreon page! You will be among the first of our readers around the world to be able to read our in-depth tactical and performance analyses! We will also be giving you our thanks and shoutouts at the beginning of all of our podcasts! 


Includes

-A shoutout on our official Tavern Twitter account 

-Follows on either Instagram or Twitter from our official Tavern accounts 

-Access to Patreons-only forum

-Exclusive early access to our Tavern articles, on Patreon

-A shoutout on our podcast

Taegeuk Warrior
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
In addition to the thanks, shoutouts, follows, the forum, and early content access, you will now be playing a major role in directing our content! You will be invited at any time you like to suggest any topics for the Tavern, which our team of authors will be more than happy to oblige! In addition, you will be invited at any time of your choosing to be our featured guest in our podcasts, where you can share as much about Korean football as you wish! 


Includes

-A shoutout on our official Tavern Twitter account 

-Follows on either Instagram or Twitter from our official Tavern accounts

-Exclusive early access to our Tavern articles, on Patreon

-A shoutout on our podcast

-Suggest or direct topics for the Tavern’s website and podcast, with as much contribution as you’d like