Category: Games

Korean Variety Show Classics: X-Man.

X-Man ran from November 2003 to April 2007, which is a bit before many of us had easy access to watch Korean TV shows. It was also before many of us were fans of Kpop, so you well may ask why write something about…

Korean Variety Shows: Welcome To Another World.

I spent much of my childhood in various European countries and one of my favorite TV shows, apart from Dr. Who, was It’s A Knockout (1966-1988), called Jeux Sans Frontieres when it caught on in mainland Europe. This might explain why I enjoy Korean…

JJCC The 1st Appearance In America: Review Of The Houston Show.

  It is hard to talk about the Kpop group JJCC without mentioning Jackie Chan of martial art’s fame. Mr Chan being a huge fan of Kpop decided a few years ago to form his own Kpop group. I have often wondered if this…

Korean Variety Show Games: Lose And Face The Punishment. Part 2.

Running Man, one of the most challenging of Korean variety shows, is also known for some fairly intense punishments, although sometimes the actual games themselves turn out to be far more grueling than the actual penalties and punishments. Any time the games are played…

Korean Variety Show Games: Lose And Face The Punishment.

I think one of the reasons so many people enjoy watching Korean Variety Shows is that hosts and guests play the games to win. There’s no just going through the motions, they are in it to win and their competitive spirit is obvious.  …

Juldarigi: An Extreme Form Of Korean Tug Of War.

     Tug of War is among the most ancient of games and no doubt developed independently in multiple places around the world. It is a game that probably arose quite naturally as it is instinctive to hold onto something you want when someone tries…

Korean Variety Show Games, Part 5.

  I’ve talked about lots of games in past posts, but with the large number of Korean shows that feature games I’m guessing I’ll be writing quite a few more. Dangyunhaji.  I thought I’d start off today with an older game that sees an…

Korean Games, And Where To Find Out More About Them.

I have noticed that there is a lot of interest in Korean games recently, and as I have written about a lot of them here on my blog, I thought I would list all my posts in one place so that they are more…

“…And Stones May Break My Bones.” The Korean Stone Throwing Game Called Seokjeon.

Stones, along with sticks, were probably the first weapons used by early man. The stone had an advantage in that it is was also a distance weapon, in that it can easily be thrown or dropped. Stone tips were added to sticks, and spears…

Traditional Sledding In Korea.

  Many of us think of sledding as being downhill on snow, and this type of sledding is popular in Korea, however traditional sledding or ‘sseoulmae tagi‘ is something completely different. Korea is a land of mountains, at least 70% of the land area…

Juryeonggu: A 14 Sided Die From The Golden Age Of Silla.

  During an archaeological dig in 1975 a 14 sided die was uncovered in a pleasure pond used by royalty of the Unified Silla Period. (about 668 to 935 AD.) The wooden die was unusual in that not only were the sides made up…

Korean Variety Show Games, part 4. (The Embarrassment Factor.)

There are many Korean variety show games that basically get their humor from the ’embarrassment factor’. This is an almost sure way to make people laugh and increase ratings. Whether or not you choose to play these games with your friends will perhaps depend…