On variety shows like Running Man or 2 Days 1 Night, you might have noticed they play many different games. Many of those games are actually games traditionally played in Korea a lot.

Here are 5 Korean games to play:

1. Cham Cham Cham

If you watch any Korean variety show it’s most likely that you’ve seen this game being played. With the game Cham Cham Cham, you only need 2 players. The rules of the game are simple. The two players playing face each other and one player simply has to point left or right. If the other play turns his head in the same direction as the direction the first player pointed in loses. The point is to avoid turning your head in the same direction the other person is pointing.

2. 가위 바위 보 (Kai Bai Bo)

This game should be easy for non-Koreans as “kai bai bo” means rock paper scissors in English. For those who don’t know the rules of rock paper scissors, you simply throw out either a rock, paper, or scissors symbol with their hand at the same time as your opponent(s). Paper beats rock, rock beats scissors, and scissors beats paper.

3.  묵찌빠 (Muk Jji Ppa)

If you’ve mastered Kai Bai Bo, then you can level up to Muk Jji Ppa. The game first starts off with Kai Bai Bo but instead of just one time, you play three times in a row. On the third time, whoever has the winning hand gets to be an attacker.

The next round is where Muk Jji Ppa varies from Kai Bai Bo. The winner from the previous round of Kai Bai Bo will become the attacker. It is the attacker’s goal to get the loser, or now defender, to throw the same hand as them. For instance, the winner can throw out a “Ppa” and at the same time, the defender has to choose something different than paper or they lose.

4. 닭싸움 (Cockfighting)

Unlike the previous games mentioned, this game requires a lot of physical ability. First off, all the players need to grab their ankles and stand on one leg. Following this, players basically try to throw everyone else off balance. To do so, players need to hop on one leg and use only their legs to knock others over.

5. ABCD Game

This game is quite painful, but tons of fun. There are hand gestures that are assigned with either A, B, C, or D. The players whose turn it is will call out a letter (A-D) and throw the hand gesture that correlates to it.

  • {A} Both hands are flat with palms pressed together and all fingertips touching
  • {B} Both of your hands with palms pressed together. Fingertips on the left hand are pointing in the opposite direction of the right hand.
  • {C} Both hands are apart, palms facing downwards
  • {D} Both hands are apart but with palms facing upwards

The rest of the players have to do any hand gesture/ letter other than the one called out to move on to the next round. If a player makes the same hand gesture/ letter as the one called out, they get slapped on the hands based on the letter played.

  • A=1 slap
  • B= 2 slaps
  • C= 3 slaps
  • D= 4 slaps

6. Pushing Game

 

This game is very popular and common amongst K-Pop groups as it can get pretty intimate. The objective of the game is to have two players face each other. Once at a pretty close distance from one another, each player holds up their hands like they’re giving double high fives to each other. The goal of each player is to use their palms to push over their opponent.