Category: Korean Culture

Alkkagi: A Korean Game.

Just like a lot of people I was first introduced to this game through Korean variety shows and dramas. Alkkaggi belongs to the shove family of games along with such games as Carooms, Shuffleboard, Shove Ha’penny, and Tabletop Curling, which use one object to… Continue Reading “Alkkagi: A Korean Game.”

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.”

Seoul: In Photos.

A few of my friends have asked me why I’m heading back to South Korea for the second year in a row, when I’m known for always going somewhere new and different. I’ve come up with a few different answers for them, but they… Continue Reading “Seoul: In Photos.”

Jegi Chagi: A Korean Hackysack/Shuttlecock Type Game.

Jegi Chagi is a traditional Korean game in the hackysack/shuttlecock family. It probably descended from Cuju, an ancient Chinese ball kicking game, which is also an ancestor game to Soccer. Cuju led to the Chinese game of Jianzi which was popular during the Han… Continue Reading “Jegi Chagi: A Korean Hackysack/Shuttlecock Type Game.”

Rice: Feeding Half The World Every Day.

As my regular readers have no doubt noticed, I have started to think a lot more about the food I eat. We have so many food choices here in the west and I think sometimes we just buy ingredients and make or eat our… Continue Reading “Rice: Feeding Half The World Every Day.”

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.”

How to make Ddakji.

Ddakji, also spelled ttakji, is a traditional Korean game that has seen a revival due to its appearance on K variety shows such as Running Man. Ddakji is part of a family of games that include Milk Caps, Menko, Tazos, and POGs. In all… Continue Reading “How to make Ddakji.”