South Korea: Entertainment & Leisure                  

  • Popular sports in South Korea are soccer, volleyball, baseball and basketball.
  • Music, dance, traditional games (listed below) and festivals are popular in South Korea.

Gonggi                     

Gonggi is played by children with 5 stones or plastic balls on a flat surface.

Gonu                         

Gonu a game played with pebbles on a piece of paper with forms drawn out. The objective is to move the pebbles in such a way that the opponent is blocked.

Jegichagi                 

Jegichag is similar to a game of hacky sack.

Juldarigi                  

Juldarigi consists of large rice-straw ropes that are used to play tug-of-war between the west and the east sides of a village.

Kite Flying               

Kite flying is a traditional pass-time. Kites are often made of bamboo and paper. This winter game and is popular with children. After New Year’s Day, there is a traditional of cutting kite strings to let them fly away.

Neolttwigi              

Neolttwigi is a standing see-saw where participants actually jump into the air when on the high end.

Rolling Hoop          

Rolling hoop was traditionally played with an iron hoop or a wagon wheel.

Ssireum                   

Ssireum is not unlike Japanese sumo wrestling. It is played in a ring of sand.

Top Spinning          

Top spinning is popular with children. The tops can be made to spin on the ground or on ice.

Tuho                         

Tuho is a game where arrows are thrown at a jar. The game was historically played by the upper classes and royal families.

Yutnori                    

Yutnori is often played on the first day of the new year. This board and dice game is played between two people.