Card Gambling(鬪錢)

Card Gambling

Headword

투전 ( 鬪錢 , Tujeon )

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Korean Seasonal Customs > January > 1st Lunarmonth > Seasonal Holidays

Writer YooSeunghoon(柳承勳)

Tujeon (Kor. 투전, Chin. 鬪錢/鬪牋/投牋) is a card game played with long rectangular numbered cards decorated with animal motifs and characters on one side. The cards are made with oiled paper and are 10 to 20cm long and approximately the width of a finger. A deck can consist of 25, 40, 50, 60 or 80 cards with the 40-card deck being the most widely used.

There are a variety of games that use tujeon cards; in most of these games the player who accumulates the highest-numbered cards wins. Some of the games include dollyeodaegi (Kor. 돌려대기), dongdongi (Kor. 동동이), gagu (Kor. 가구) and udeungppopgi (Kor. 우등뽑기). Originally a simple entertainment-oriented pastime, tujeon gradually became linked to gambling. During the Joseon period (1392-1910), people sometimes lost their homes, land and other possessions playing these games. Tujeon often appears in folk performances, inluding mask dance-dramas, exorcism rites, and songs.

Card Gambling

Card Gambling
Headword

투전 ( 鬪錢 , Tujeon )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Seasonal Customs > January > 1st Lunarmonth > Seasonal Holidays

Writer YooSeunghoon(柳承勳)

Tujeon (Kor. 투전, Chin. 鬪錢/鬪牋/投牋) is a card game played with long rectangular numbered cards decorated with animal motifs and characters on one side. The cards are made with oiled paper and are 10 to 20cm long and approximately the width of a finger. A deck can consist of 25, 40, 50, 60 or 80 cards with the 40-card deck being the most widely used.

There are a variety of games that use tujeon cards; in most of these games the player who accumulates the highest-numbered cards wins. Some of the games include dollyeodaegi (Kor. 돌려대기), dongdongi (Kor. 동동이), gagu (Kor. 가구) and udeungppopgi (Kor. 우등뽑기). Originally a simple entertainment-oriented pastime, tujeon gradually became linked to gambling. During the Joseon period (1392-1910), people sometimes lost their homes, land and other possessions playing these games. Tujeon often appears in folk performances, inluding mask dance-dramas, exorcism rites, and songs.