Category: History

A few highlights from my recent Korea trip.

There’s so much to like about a visit to Korea that it is hard to choose only a few photos to give you the ‘quick look’ as it were. Needless to say I’ll be writing quite a few posts in the upcoming weeks. I… Continue Reading “A few highlights from my recent Korea trip.”

Kai Bai Bo: aka Rock, Paper, Scissors.

As anyone who has watched Korean TV Variety Shows can tell you certain games show up time and time again. One of these, kai-bai-bo, literally scissors, paper, rock, is extremely popular as a ‘choosing’ or ‘starting’ game, meaning it is what you play to… Continue Reading “Kai Bai Bo: aka Rock, Paper, Scissors.”

Archery In Korea.

The practice of archery has a long tradition in Korea, and with the recent Gold Medal wins for both the Men’s and Women’s archery teams in the Rio Olympic Games I thought I would share a little about its history. This is the eighth… Continue Reading “Archery In Korea.”

Ssireum: Korean Style Wrestling.

Painting by Kim Hong Do. I was first introduced to Ssireum through Korean variety shows such as Running Man and Two Days One Night, and became somewhat intrigued with it. Although I’m not a particular fan of wrestling ¬†Ssireum seemed to me to be… Continue Reading “Ssireum: Korean Style Wrestling.”

Geune Ttwigi: Korean Rope Swinging.

Photo by Robert at Picasa (2006-08-12-Andong) While watching our favorite sageuk (Korean Historical Dramas) we have no doubt seen, from time to time, the young women from good families swinging on tall rope swings. The ropes can be upwards of 20 feet long and… Continue Reading “Geune Ttwigi: Korean Rope Swinging.”

Ramie: “Wings Of A Dragonfly.”

Ramie, which is known as mosi or moshi in Korea, is a bast fiber crop that is used to make cloth. That cloth is then made into a variety of cool summer weight clothes both traditional and modern. The fabric can be so light… Continue Reading “Ramie: “Wings Of A Dragonfly.””

Reviewing a Korean Movie.

I watch a lot of foreign films, particularly those from South Korea, and I have noticed that when I recommend foreign movies to my friends some question my choices. They ask what was so funny, or sad, or they even completely miss aspects of… Continue Reading “Reviewing a Korean Movie.”

Hanji: The Paper of Korea.

  Hanji is traditional Korean handmade paper that has such amazing qualities that it has been sought after by Emperors of China, Buddhist monks, and modern artists alike. It is made from the inner bark of the Dak, or Paper Mulberry tree, and mucilage… Continue Reading “Hanji: The Paper of Korea.”

Hwarang: The Flower Boys of Silla.

Please note that although the article is a little old now, the information on the Hwarang is still valid. Those of us who follow Korean Dramas have probably already heard news of the upcoming sageuk, Hwarang, the Beginning which is already in production. The… Continue Reading “Hwarang: The Flower Boys of Silla.”

Gonggi: Korean Jacks, or Fivestones.

Gonggi is an old, perhap ancient, Korean version of the game of Fivestones or Jacks. You can see by the photo above that there are many versions of this game. While we in the West tend to associate it with children it historically was… Continue Reading “Gonggi: Korean Jacks, or Fivestones.”