Korean Drinking Games (part 1)

Before I went to Korea I never bothered to learn any American drinking games. So when I went to Korea I found out that there are many different kinds of games and almost everyone seems to know them. I quickly learned a few and they became a staple of nights out.

So I enlisted the help of my friends and taught them a couple games. It’s pretty silly and they take some practice, but once you learn they’re pretty fun. 🙂

You don’t have to drink either if you want to play them. You can do other penalties instead. You may have seen people on K-variety shows doing things like the forehead flick and other things like that when they play games. Anyway, here are the ones we played!

The Name Game

(a.k.a. 아이엠 그라운드/I am ground)

This is an icebreaker, but it’s a toughie! There 4 motions you need to know:

– Slap you legs

– Clap you hands

– Point with your right thumb

– Point with your left thumb

Keep repeating the motions throughout.

So the 1st person says another person’s name and a number 1 to 4. So for example (using my name):

*slap* *clap* Janelle, 2

This is where it gets tricky. The numbers are how many times your say your name. So —

1 = *slap* *clap* *point* Janelle

2 = *slap* *clap* Janelle, Janelle

3 = *slap* Janelle, Janelle, Janelle

4 = Janelle, Janelle, Janelle, Janelle

Then you call out the next person and try to keep it going. You have to listen carefully or you’ll mess up!

3-6-9

(삼-육-구/sam-yuk-gu)

A lot of Korean drinking games seem to involve numbers. In this one, everyone takes turns saying a number, counting upwards. However, you can’t say the numbers 3, 6, or 9. This includes numbers with 3-6-9 in them like 13, 16, etc. Instead of saying it, you clap. If you get to the 30’s, it’s all clapping! You clap twice for numbers like 33, 36, and 39. If you mess up, you drink.

That’s it for this time. I hope to do part 2 soon so I can teach you a few more!

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