Sokkum Nori

Sokkum Nori

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Korean Folk Arts > Folk Games

Writer LeeSangho(李相昊)

A role-playing game using everyday materials.

Sokkum Nori, also called Sokkup Jangnan, is played nationwide using identical rules of play. This is one of the oldest games in human history. There were many records about Pulgaksi Nori, a doll game using dolls made of grass, in the various historic documents of Korea. Sokkum Nori (playing pretend) keeps changing and evolving as children keep finding new and unique materials to play with. For example, modern-day children play teacher or doctor, but children in the past used to play rice cooker, or hemp cloth maker. Village weddings were something new and amazing events to imitate for the children playing house in the past. The following are lyrics from the song children used to sing for such events.

“Playing pretend” is done all over the world, and primarily has a focus of imitating cooking, table setting, and serving family members or guests. However, each country has its own food and custom of treating guests. The game essentially serves as both a way for children to practice what their lives may be like in the future and to become more familiar with each country’s culture for socialization. Children playing Sokkum Nori take their roles very seriously, considering themselves the real mothers or fathers. They reenact what they see and hear, and actively learn from the societies in which they live, thus spurring children on to act as adults instead of as children. Sokkum Nori is an imitation of the real world played within a shared imaginary world. In that world, seashells become bowls, grass becomes side dishes, and sand or dirt becomes rice, allowing children to play the game without the need for actual tools.

Sokkum Nori

Sokkum Nori
Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Arts > Folk Games

Writer LeeSangho(李相昊)

A role-playing game using everyday materials.

Sokkum Nori, also called Sokkup Jangnan, is played nationwide using identical rules of play. This is one of the oldest games in human history. There were many records about Pulgaksi Nori, a doll game using dolls made of grass, in the various historic documents of Korea. Sokkum Nori (playing pretend) keeps changing and evolving as children keep finding new and unique materials to play with. For example, modern-day children play teacher or doctor, but children in the past used to play rice cooker, or hemp cloth maker. Village weddings were something new and amazing events to imitate for the children playing house in the past. The following are lyrics from the song children used to sing for such events.

“Playing pretend” is done all over the world, and primarily has a focus of imitating cooking, table setting, and serving family members or guests. However, each country has its own food and custom of treating guests. The game essentially serves as both a way for children to practice what their lives may be like in the future and to become more familiar with each country’s culture for socialization. Children playing Sokkum Nori take their roles very seriously, considering themselves the real mothers or fathers. They reenact what they see and hear, and actively learn from the societies in which they live, thus spurring children on to act as adults instead of as children. Sokkum Nori is an imitation of the real world played within a shared imaginary world. In that world, seashells become bowls, grass becomes side dishes, and sand or dirt becomes rice, allowing children to play the game without the need for actual tools.