With a history dating back 100’s of years Yut Nori on the surface seems like a simple game however like chess involved a large amount of strategy and gamesmanship.
The first thing you require is a Yut Nori set which can be found at any supermarket in Korea (prices start from around ₩2000) along with many Korean stores outside Korea. The set is made up of 4 wooden sticks flat on one side and rounded on the other. Also in the set is the game board and 8 playing tokens 4 for each team. Click Here to download your own free printable Yut Nori Game Board.
How to Play:
Looking firstly at the game board the aim is to return all of your tokens back to the start. If you are lucky enough to stop on one of the corner squares you can take a short cut.
If you score 1 stick facing up (non-picture side) you can move one place, this is called Do.
If you score 2 sticks facing up you can move two places, this is called Gae.
If you score 3 sticks facing up you can move three places, this is called Geol.
If you score 4 sticks facing down you can move four places, this is called Yut. There is also a bonus and you can throw again (optional some people don’t include this rule.)
If you score 4 sticks facing up you can move five places, this is called Mo. Like Yut can get a bonus of throwing again.
- If you score either Yut or Mo apart from gaining a bonus throw.
- If you land on a space occupied by a opponent counter they are forced to return that counter to the start.
- You can have as many counters on the board at any one time as you like.
I really hope everyone enjoys playing Yut Nori (윷놀이) and if you have any questions please leave in the comment box below, or email, Twitter or Facebook etc.Modern Seoul