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A traditional magic performance featuring a troupe of traveling artists performing unbelievable tricks that require a sleight of hand and other sorts of techniques. Eolleun is a traditional Korean word referring to magical acts that have been passed down among traveling artists troupes, which are referred to as hwansul (magic arts) or hwanhui (dreamlike tricks) in literature. A performer accomplishes seemingly impossible feats through a sleight of hand, amid the use of various tools or animals.

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A series of acrobatic movements performed on running horses, including standing upright, headstands, hanging on the side, and moving from one side to another. Masangjae refers to a series of acrobatic movements performed on running horses, while along with Gyeokgu (Korean polo), Masangjae is generally considered a kind of equestrian martial arts. Despite an unknown time of origin, it is assumed that Masangjae has a considerably long history given the fact that horses were already used in Korea d

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Korean Seesaw

Neolttwigi (Kor. 널뛰기, lit. jumping on a board) refers to seesawing, a traditional entertainment practiced mainly by women during the Lunar New Year season. A large rectangular board is supported in its middle by a round hay bundle and two players take turns pushing hard on their end of the board with their feet in order to make the other end spring up. Neolttwigi is also called dappan (Kor. 답판, Chin. 踏板), dopan (Kor. 도판, Chin. 跳板), chopanhui (Kor. 초판희, Chin. 超板戱) or panmu (Kor. 판무, Chin. 板舞). It

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Korean Polo

Gyeokgu (Kor. 격구, Chin. 擊毬, lit. ball striking) is a traditional sport similar to modern polo in which players mounted on horseback drive a mogu (Kor. 모구, Chin. 毛毬, lit. wooden ball) into a gumun (Kor. 구문, Chin. 毬門, ball gate) using a bat called a jangsi (Kor. 장시, Chin. 杖匙, lit. stick-spoon). This sport originated in Persia, but came to Korea via Tang China (618-907) where it became very popular. In the beginning of the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392), gyeokgu was played exclusively by members of the

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A two-player game taking turns to place black stones and white stones on a wooden board with a 19 x 19 grid to see who can occupy the most territory to win. Also called Wongi or Hyeokgi, Baduk originated in China and made its way to Goguryeo, becoming a hobby among the upper class. Given that Emperor Shun of ancient China taught Baduk to his son, Baduk retains a very long history, while Baduk boards used during the later Han Period have also been discovered. According to Gudangseo (the Old Book

Korean Folk Arts


A performance of tightrope-walking by an acrobat or a jester. Jultagi (tightrope walking) is performed by an acrobat walking on a rope hung high between two poles, boasting diverse skills using the hands and feet, while chatting and singing back and forth with a jester on the ground. Jultagi dates back to the Late Han Dynasty of China, however remains unclear when the game was introduced to Korea. There are two kinds of Jultagi: Gwangdae Jultagi and Eoreum (or Joseon) Jultagi. Gwangdae Jultagi i

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A football game using a leather ball. Chukguk shares some characteristics with the modern version of football, where players kick the ball into a net. Chukguk is assumed to have been introduced from China, before becoming a widespread phenomenon during the Goguryeo Period, according to the records in the Chinese Book of Tang, which describes how people at the time were good at playing Chukguk. The variation of the game popular during the Goguryeo Period was defined by predominately fierce contes

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