The salhang tendrel for the construction of the new taekwondo hall at the swimming complex in Thimphu was initiated on 24 January.
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The construction of the Taekwondo Iconic Center is one part of the project titled “Youth Development Project in Bhutan through Sports, Health and Value Education.”
The project with a budget of approximately USD 6.8 million is funded by the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck President of the Bhutan Olympic Committee, Health minister Dasho Dechen Wangmo along with Young Ah Doh, Country Director of KOICA Bangladesh Office, graced the ceremony with traditional marching event.
“Taekwondo is a very important sport, because through it, we can physically and mentally support youth. KOICA decided to support this project and we hope that through this project, we will not only be able to support the construction of the building, but also support youth development programs. Through this project we will upgrade and improve the youth in Bhutan,” said Young Ah Doh, the KOICA Country Director who was present at the ceremony.
The basement of the new building will facilitate 56 car parking and spaces for other martial arts sports, yoga, zumba and dance studios.
The main entrance of the ground floor shall facilitate, Taekwondo Museum including user friendly facilities to physically challenged segment of our society, cafeterias and sports shops and others.
First floor shall facilitate Taekwondo training hall, office space, guest waiting lounge, meeting halls and dictated office space for health and education. Changing rooms and shower rooms for the sportsman and women.
Third floor shall house four fighting arenas with the sitting capacity of 700 viewers with coach and referee room equipped with players warm-up room, store and modern required amenities. All the floors shall be provided with wash room, stair case and two panoramic view lifts.
The actual Project works is scheduled to start by September 2023 and be completed by December 2025 as per the succession plan of the Taekwondo Iconic Building.