Mang Chagi Nori

Mang Chagi Nori

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Korean Folk Arts > Folk Games

Writer LeeSangho(李相昊)

A game kicking stones with one foot within a game board drawn in the dirt to try and be the first to exit the board.

Mang Chagi Nori is one of the few that has a relatively ample record of historical account. The game is typically meant for one or two players, while for games involving more than two, everyone is divided into teams. The game board was mainly drawn in the dirt at a vacant lot or corner in a yard and each region offers different variations. The basic framework of the board is similar, however depending on the exact variation, the game play slightly varies. The rules for the most basic variation, Nae Bat Dolchagi (Kicking Your Square’s Stones) are as follows.

First, a square is drawn on flat ground, which is divided into for spaces. Each space is allocated with a number from 1 to 4, and below the first space, a semicircle is added as an exit. In addition to the board, palm-sized mangs (palm-sized stones or even mokjas) are prepared with round flat stones. Once everything is prepared, the order of turns is determined to start the game. The first stage is called, “level 1, ” where a player throws a mang into the first space and begins. The player should jump into space the first space and kick the mang into the second space with one foot. During this process, the player should not step on the line of the board, nor can the mang stop on the line. If so, the player is out and the next player is up. Players have to pass through the third and fourth spaces and go back to the exit having passed through the first space once more to complete level 1. After completing level 1, the player proceeds to level 2 by throwing the mang into the second space. In this level, the player can step on the first space with one foot and jump to the next space, which is slightly easier than what the player has to do in level 1. The higher the level increases, the easier game play becomes. Sometimes, there is an additional space called, “the sky, ” where a player reaches it after completing level 4. Here, the player puts the mang on a foot and kicks it into the air to grab it while airborne. Upon success, the player can own a space.

The children in most places have loved Mang Chagi Nori for quite a long time. Although the shape of the board is generally a square, there have been a lot of other shapes, including circles and combinations consisting of a square and a circle. In addition, the numbers on the board are normally allocated in numerical order, while, in some cases, they are numbered at random. Yet, it is hard to find this game these days since the game requires a lot of spare time and some technical skill – conditions which are in short supply in the modern day.

Mang Chagi Nori

Mang Chagi Nori
Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Arts > Folk Games

Writer LeeSangho(李相昊)

A game kicking stones with one foot within a game board drawn in the dirt to try and be the first to exit the board.

Mang Chagi Nori is one of the few that has a relatively ample record of historical account. The game is typically meant for one or two players, while for games involving more than two, everyone is divided into teams. The game board was mainly drawn in the dirt at a vacant lot or corner in a yard and each region offers different variations. The basic framework of the board is similar, however depending on the exact variation, the game play slightly varies. The rules for the most basic variation, Nae Bat Dolchagi (Kicking Your Square’s Stones) are as follows.

First, a square is drawn on flat ground, which is divided into for spaces. Each space is allocated with a number from 1 to 4, and below the first space, a semicircle is added as an exit. In addition to the board, palm-sized mangs (palm-sized stones or even mokjas) are prepared with round flat stones. Once everything is prepared, the order of turns is determined to start the game. The first stage is called, “level 1, ” where a player throws a mang into the first space and begins. The player should jump into space the first space and kick the mang into the second space with one foot. During this process, the player should not step on the line of the board, nor can the mang stop on the line. If so, the player is out and the next player is up. Players have to pass through the third and fourth spaces and go back to the exit having passed through the first space once more to complete level 1. After completing level 1, the player proceeds to level 2 by throwing the mang into the second space. In this level, the player can step on the first space with one foot and jump to the next space, which is slightly easier than what the player has to do in level 1. The higher the level increases, the easier game play becomes. Sometimes, there is an additional space called, “the sky, ” where a player reaches it after completing level 4. Here, the player puts the mang on a foot and kicks it into the air to grab it while airborne. Upon success, the player can own a space.

The children in most places have loved Mang Chagi Nori for quite a long time. Although the shape of the board is generally a square, there have been a lot of other shapes, including circles and combinations consisting of a square and a circle. In addition, the numbers on the board are normally allocated in numerical order, while, in some cases, they are numbered at random. Yet, it is hard to find this game these days since the game requires a lot of spare time and some technical skill – conditions which are in short supply in the modern day.