Young Ambassadors

Opportunities to Learn, Grow, and Share in South Korea

The Young Ambassadors and their tour leaders sightsee between performances in Seoul.

The Young Ambassadors kicked off their week in Seoul with sightseeing and a devotional on Sunday, May 1. They walked around Unjusa Temple, explored the area surrounding their hotel, and attended church at a local young adult congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because of COVID restrictions, the Young Ambassadors could not present a live devotional there as planned; instead, their devotional was broadcast throughout South Korea, reaching an estimated 6,500 people via the broadcast, with an additional 4,500 views on YouTube afterward—a much larger audience than could have attended in-person. 

On Monday the group visited Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek. The Young Ambassadors held several workshops at Humphreys High School and then put on a thrilling performance for the community at Pyeongtaek Camp Humphreys Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel. This show was the first major event held in the area since the start of the pandemic. 

The Young Ambassadors women take a group picture in Yeosu.

On Tuesday the group went on a Jeonju cultural tour before performing at the Gwangju Bitgoeul Citizen Culture Hall. At the end of each performance on the tour, the Young Ambassadors surprised the audience by singing a traditional Korean song, “Arirang.” Audience members expressed their gratitude and joy to the Young Ambassadors for their performance during a meet and greet after the show. One audience member commented, “‘Arirang’…made me cry! As soon as I heard [it] sung by foreigners, the painful history of Korea that I learned in school history class passed by my head. It wasn’t on the list, so it felt like a surprise for Koreans. I don’t know whose idea it was, but it definitely touched me a lot.” 

The group enjoyed Korean culture on Wednesday, May 4, while touring sites in Busan, including the Port of Yeosu, Busan Tower, and Haeundae Beach. 

The BYU group visits the Bulguksa Temple.

On Thursday the group performed at Busan Citizen’s Hall and visited the UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea. On Friday they went to South Korea’s famous Bulguksa Temple and performed at Cheongju Art Hall. They finished off the week by dazzling an audience at the Seoul Yonsei University Centennial Hall. 

Though tired from a busy week, the Young Ambassadors are more excited than ever to perform in and see more of South Korea on the last few days of their tour. 

BYU students (from left) Luke Rands, Issa McKnight, and Cassidy Riggs re-create the Young Ambassadors billboard posted outside the performance venue in Cheongju.

Group members Oakley Thacker (left) and Sydnee Thacker stand in Gamcheon Culture Village.