H.U. Lee Gate & Garden
Directly attached to the Statehouse Convention Center is the H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden. It offers a quiet and contemplative space for receptions and pre-function events.
The space is named for and honors the American Taekwondo Association Eternal Grand Master Haeng Ung Lee, who founded the American Taekwondo Association in Little Rock in 1977.
The garden is anchored by the impressive gate painted primarily with Korean colors related to the five cardinal elements of the Um-Yang: blue for wood, red for fire, yellow for earth, white for metal, and black for water. Two foo dog sculptures stand guard at the gate’s south side.
Inside the garden, lush plantings make way for sculptures that honor Korean culture and the heritage of taekwondo. At the courtyard’s center, a reflecting pool and fountain, take inspiration from Korean design to create a peaceful mood, just steps away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Little Rock.