New. No dust jacket as issued. New, gift-quality. 144 p. Includes illustrations. Korean Games and Sports is accessible to anyone seeking an international perspective on the cultural salience of folk and contemporary games and sports of Korea. As an admirable collection and readable book, it will undoubtedly find a readership between families and friends as well as among students and teachers in academic fields. This book consists of three parts: games of old, such as kite-flying and sledding; board and card games, such as Korean chess and go; and martial arts and sports, such as taekwondo. In each part, a brief introduction provides an overview of the selection of games or sports contained therein. Each of the games and sports includes historical backgrounds, its evolution and an explanation as to how and why it became unique to Korea or otherwise important to Korean culture. Any equipment needed is described, and instructions on how to play are included. Also, illustrations would aid visualization of activities to foreigners who may not be familiar with them in a uniquely Korean context. Anyone interested in games and/or sports will find this volume interesting and useful.
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