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Winter folk games of children in Korea

Date: 25/11/2022 | Source: Sports DPRK (En) | Read original version at source

Korean children play a variety of folk games in winter to build their physical strength.

Typical of them are sleighing, snowman-making and top spinning.

Children enjoy sleighing very much. Sleighing, or riding of ssolmae in Korean, was first called solma riding as riding a sleigh over the snow, they felt like riding a horse. The pronunciation changed with the passage of time, to be called ssolmae as it is now.

Snowman-making is another folk game favoured by children. They make big and small snowballs and put the small one on the big one to make them look like a person.

Top spinning, in which the winner is decided by whose top spins longer than others on the ice, is also widely encouraged as a winter folk game which is good for physical training of schoolchildren.

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