Monday, March 12, 2012

Learn something about Korea

POSTCARDS FROM KOREA"Geune" (Swing)

ONCE UPON A TIME IN KOREA

안녕 (annyeong)

Hi!

hello, few weeks ago, I get a postcard book from my best friend as gift from Korea. Here I will share what I have learned from these amazing cards :D

Hangul, the korean alphabet

The modern name Hangul was coined in 1912. Han meant "great" and geul is the native korean word for "script". Has been romanized in the following ways: Hangeul or han-geul in the revised romanization of korean, Hankul in Yale romanization, and Han'gul in the McCune-Reischauer system.



Seodang

Seodang were private village schools providing elementary education during the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties of korea.

They were primarily occupied with providing initial training in the Chinese classics to boy of 7-16 years old, but often served students into their twenties. Seodang could be freely opened and closed by anyone who wished to.


Kite Flying

As in many other cultures, kite flying has long been one of the favorite sports for Korean children, especially on major holidays such as Ch'usok and the lunar new year. The traditional korean kite (Yon) is made with bamboo sticks and korean paper.

Shown in the picture are Bangpaeyeon or "shield kite" names after its shape.

Kite Flying is the medium by which the previous year's bad luck and illnesses are released to the heavens.

Spinning tops

Children all over the world enjoy spinning tops, and Korea's kids are no exception.

Traditionally, tops were spun in an enclosed box with points scored for various actions. Also popular is fighting tops where players try to knock their opponents' tops out of a designated area.



Neol

Neol is a traditional folk game, similar to a seesaw mostly played by women, usually during traditional holidays and festivals. Unlike the western counterpart, Neol is played in standing posture.

A long piece of board is place with its center supported by rigid piles of straw. It requires two people taking turns to jump on their end of the board to play it.

Jumping up and down on the low, flat board is a great deal more difficult than it appears.

좋은 하루 되세요 (joh-eun halu doeseyo)

Have a nice day!

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