The Dutchman reflected on the Taeguk Warriors' run to the World Cup semifinals ahead of the 10-year anniversary game where he will lead a 2002 side against current All Stars
Hiddink, who guided South Korea at the event it co-hosted with Japan, is back in Seoul for a 10-year anniversary match where he will lead a 2002 side against a group of 2012 K-League All Stars.
Speaking ahead of Thursday's game in the capital, the Dutchman told reporters South Korean football came a long way in 2002, having never previously won a World Cup match, which has subsequently seen expectations become arguably inflated for the current team.
“It was a hard time in the beginning and we should remember that as well," Hiddink said.
"Now we’re having a great moment, but I think it’s even more important to learn from how you can take a good approach to such a big tournament.”
As for reflecting on 2002's achievements, he added: "It is good to live - not for too long, but for a few hours - in the past and think of how beautiful it was.
"But we also know that we had a very difficult approach at that time to the World Cup."
The current South Korea side begun final round 2014 World Cup qualifying with back-to-back victories in June.