Sunday, 11 March 2012


씨금, is known as a national sport in Korea. It became widely known and practiced during Joseon Dynasty. In the olden days it was a popular entertainment around Dano and the typical prize for the winner was supposeldy an ox.

The first modern competion was held in 1912 at Dangsu theater in Seoul, the Pan Chuson Ssierum Federation was founded in 1947, and weight classes was incorportated in 1967. These days there are two different styles of wrestling known as right side and left side wrestling. (Right side wrestling style is more popular in Gyunggi and Honam province while the left side wrestling style is predominent in Hamgyung, Gyungsang and Choonchong province).

Korean traditional wrestling takes place in a sandcovered ring and the contestants wear a belt.

© Taste of Kimchi, Elle

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