Wednesday, May 21, 2014

League of Baduk

Just over a year removed from our Korea trip and I still have a mountain of photos waiting for the blog treatment.

I don't remember the name of this park, but it's just outside Jongmyo Shrine (another possible future blog post). The board game geek in me was fascinated to find a ton of older gentlemen playing the classic board game Go, otherwise known as Baduk in Korea.

Come to think of it, Baduk is wildly popular in Korea. They have not one but two channels dedicated to this, a board game no less. One channel seemed to be for strategy and tips. Another was for broadcasting competition.

There were boards on every available table and bench in the park.

There were easily over a hundred people either playing or spectating.

Not to be outdone, I also found a few games of Xiangqi (Chinese Chess).

These were equally popular with the spectators.

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