Preserving Cultural Heritage in Kindergartens in Korea

  • SoYoung Kang
  • Guang-Lea Lee
  • Soonohk Hong
Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 5)


Koreans have been influenced by western cultures, especially American culture. Early childhood educators have become concerned about the prevalence of Disney Characters and other elements of American practice in Korea, especially since the emphasis on learning English has become a critical part of Korean education. In response, Korean early childhood education programs have stressed preserving Korean heritage that is being lost in a global environment. Korea’s early childhood education is focusing on holistic development, including appreciation of traditional culture. The authors discuss the structure of early childhood education in Korea, the emphasis on learning English in kindergarten, the influence of Confucianism in Korean tradition, the emphasis of cultural heritage in early childhood curriculum, cultural heritage instruction using traditional games and literature, and teaching materials used to preserve an appreciation of more traditional practices.


Western Culture Early Childhood Education Korean Child Korean Culture Traditional Game 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EducationWestminster CollegeNew WilmingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Teaching and LearningOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Early Childhood EducationKyungsung UniversityBusanSouth Korea

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