Category: Korean Culture

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…

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…

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…

Too Many Zucchini…Time to make Kimchi.

Here in Texas we’ve been having an unusual amount of rain for the time of year, and this has led to an overabundance of zucchini, even though I only have 2 plants. Not being a huge fan of zucchini as a stand alone vegetable,…

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…

Tuho.

Tuho is a traditional Korean game that came from China centuries ago where it was called Touhu or Pitch Pot. It was also played in Japan. The aim of the game is very simple, you must toss arrows into a special pot, although it…