5 Best Traditional Board Games from the Asia

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Every culture has playing traditions. Some are more courageous and fierce, other ones – require strategic thinking and patience. But Asia has it all. The rich culture represents different board games and various playing possibilities for every gamer’s taste. 

However, despite many choices, 5 best board games (that's our opinion at the moment) from the Asia are these…


1. Royal Game of Ur


The Royal Game of Ur, also known as the Game of Twenty Squares, addresses an ancient game represented by two game boards that were found in the Royal Tombs of Ur in Iraq by Sir Leonard Woolley in the 1920s. 

It's a race game that requires quick mind and focused strategy, and is best played by those who appreciate an exciting chase.

Fun fact: Game was mentioned in a popular mystery television show Lost.

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2. Surakarta


Surakarta is an Indonesian heritage. Named after ancient city of Surakarta in central Java, board game is a strategic, unique play that is explored by two curious minds.

Game is best played by those, who want to train their brains while having a lot of fun.

Interesting fact: Surakarta is one of the games that are played regularly at the annual Computer Olympiad (first hosted in 1989).

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3. Xiangqi


One of the best and most popular board games not only in Asia, but also in the whole world – Xiangqi, also called Chinese chess, is a strategy board game for two players. It shares the same “game family” as Western chess, Indian chess and other related well-known games. 

Xiangqi is for those, who enjoy a good traditional play and also like to keep their mind sharp while having fun. 

Fun fact: This board game is also called an Elephant game.

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4. Nyout


Nyout, also known as Yut Nori, Yunnori and Yoot, is an intellectual race board game that originates in Korea and is especially beloved during the Korean New Year. 

Unique board game is also called “gambling game”, so it is not only entertaining to those, who love an exciting strategic chase, but also to the gamers, who enjoy a little bit of danger and taking a risk once in a while. 

Interesting fact: Writer Gim Munpyo once called the Nyout board as symbolizing the circle of the cosmos, with the North Star in the center, surrounded by 28 constellations.

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5. Go-Moku


Gomoku (very similar to Tic-Tac-Toe and as well called Gobang and Five in a Row) is an abstract strategy board game, played by multiple game lovers.

Board game is enjoyed by those, who prefer strategic, yet simple concepts and ability to play with a bunch of friends. 

Interesting fact: In 1989 the Computer Olympiad started with the Gomoku game, but it has not been in the list since 1993.

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