Korea Traditional Games

Tuho 투호

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Story Behind This Game

It is a game of throwing arrows into a narrow-necked jar. It is a form of entertainment for aristocrats in royal court yards and noblemen’s residences. Each team tries to see how many arrows it can shoot into a vessel.

How To Play?

This is probably the game with the easiest rule, as your aim is to throw a long stick to a narrow necked jar. The winner is the one who can get the most stick in it. And it might not seem easy, as the stick is quite long and the jar’s neck is very small.

 

Yeon Naligi (Kite flying) 연날리기

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Story Behind This Game

In the past, it was customary to write one’s name, birthday and the phrase “Bad luck be gone, good luck stay” on a kite and let it fly away in the hope of ensuring fortune throughout the year. Over seventy different designs are known, including the shield, skirt, and stingray kites. The most popular is the shield kite, with its distinctive round hole. The hole acts as a propeller, which controls speed and direction. Kite-flying has long been popular with Koreans, especially during the Lunar New Year holiday. It dates back to the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C.-A.D 668). Silla General Kim Yu-shi hung a burning straw scarecrow from a kite and sent it sailing into an enemy barracks to win a battle.

How To Play?

Some paper is attached to a bamboo frame, and it is connected to a long string and flown into the sky. In Korea, well-wishing symbols are written on the yeonand it’s sent up into the sky as far as the attached string will go, then the string is cut. Koreans used to make wishes for health and happiness for the New Year as a part of yeonnalligi. You can also play games with yeonnalligi by competing to see who can cut the other’s yeon string first.

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