Category: Games

Jokgu: A Korean Foot, Tennis/Volleyball Game.

  One of the most popular sports in Korea is called Jokgu, (Chukgu) which is relatively unknown in the West. Jokgu is pernaps played by more people than any other sport in Korea. This is partially because it is very popular on military bases…

Korean Variety Show Games, Part 2.

  In Part 1 I talked about how games are often the backbone of many Korean Variety shows, with some games playing a recurring role. Running Man is the home of the name tag ¬†game to the point it has become synonymous with the…

Baduk, the Korean Game of Weiqi, or Go.

Like many people, the first time I ever heard people talk about this ancient game they called it Go and said it was Japanese, but that’s not quite true. Japan has had a huge influence on the game, but they did not invent it….

Korean Variety Show Games, Part 1.

One of the things that many fans of Korean Variety Shows, such as Running Man, 2 Days 1 Night and Infinite Challenge, love are the games. Games, challenges, contests or whatever you want to call them make up a large part of these shows…

Yeon Nalligi: Korean Kite Flying, part 1.

China, Korea, and Japan each have a long history of flying kites and from time to time each one will assert that they invented the kite, however the most likely inventor seems to be China. China had all the ingredients on hand, silk for…

Omok: A Korean Game of Five Stones.

As with so many traditional games, Omok is known by different names, and often played with slightly different rules, in different countries. Many people may be familiar with it as Gomoku in Japan, or even as Gobang or Kakugo. It is usually played on…

A Look At Hongdae.

Hongdae, a large area near Hongik University, is in many ways the pulsing heartbeat of the young and hopeful of Seoul. For the past few decades it has been where talented students, and others, have spilled out their ideas and designs in art, fashion,…