Every country has traditional games as part of their cultural heritage. Traditional games can be a good way to introduce the country’s culture internationally. One country that has many traditional games is Korea. Below are some famous traditional games are in Korea:
- Yut Nori (Four-Stick Game)
Yut Nori is a board game usually played on the first day of the Lunar New Year by a minimum of 4 players. This game requires:
- Yut Nori board, known as mal-pan
- Yut Stick, known as jang-jak yut, is four round wooden sticks approximately 15-17 cm long and 2-3 cm in diameter, which are then cut in half so one side is flat and the other side is curved. The Yut stick serves as a dice. Each flat side has a different mark.
- Pawn, or mal, which in Korean means horse, is how a player moves across the board.
- Chajeon Nori
The game is also known as “Battle of Juggernaut” and is very popular in the city of Andong. This game is played by two teams and is men only. To play this game, two teams each lift dongchae, a large log frame, with the leader of each team on it. The winning team is the one who brings down the other team leader.
Ssireum, a form of wrestling, is the oldest traditional sport in Korea. The sport spread rapidly during the Joseon Dynasty (1394-1910). The sport is done in a circle with a diameter of 7 meters and covered with mounded sand. The two people begin by kneeling in the sand in a grappling position while holding onto the other person’s belt. The opponents rise together. The winner is the wrestler who forces the contestant to touch the ground with any part of his body knee level or higher.
Jegichagi is a traditional outdoor game. A jegi looks like a badminton shuttlecock, made of coins or rocks wrapped in paper or cloth. The player kicks the jegi up in the air, trying to keep it from falling to the ground, similar to hacky sack. This game can be played individually or with a group. If played in a group, the winner is the player who has the highest number of kicks.
Tuho is a popular game on Korean New Year’s Day and Chuseok. The players are given rubber tipped arrows, and they throw them into a vase from about ten paces away. Whoever gets the most arrows into the vase is the winner.
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