Category: History

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…

Korean Innovations: The Internet Cafe.

Just a quick note for today. Although you will find differing opinions it seems to me that The Electronic Cafe in Seoul, S. Korea was in fact the first ever internet cafe. It was just across from Hongik University and had 2 computers connected…

Korean Innovations: The Heated Greenhouse.

I love watching Korean dramas, being awed by the costumes and sets.Sometimes I see something in a Sageuk and wonder if it was real, or just something that was just added to the script. This recently occurred when I saw a heated greenhouse full…

Korea’s Greatest Hero.

    Historically there have been three great naval admirals in the history of the world, the Englishman Admiral Lord Nelson, the Japanese Admiral Togo, and perhaps greatest of all, the Korean Admiral Yi Sun-Shin. All three defended their home countries from foreign invaders…