/How to play Ô ăn quan – a folk game in Vietnam

How to play Ô ăn quan – a folk game in Vietnam

Ô ăn quan (literally: Mandarin Square Capturing) is a traditional Vietnamese children’s board game, primarily played by[citation needed] girls. This game is valuable for enhancing calculating ability.

The game’s origin is still a mystery to the Vietnamese people, as it has been played for many years. Many people say[citation needed] that Vietnamese ancestors were inspired by green rice fields to invent a game that could be played in those huge fields. At first, the game had become quite popular throughout the country. However, as time passed Vietnamese children no longer had the same passion for the game like those in the past. For this reason, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is exhibiting the game with fully explained instructions with the aim of keeping the game alive among children nowadays.

Either boys or girls, usually age’s seven to ten, play the two-person game of O an quan (literally “Mandarin’s Box”). They draw a rectangle on the ground and divide it into ten small squares called “rice fields” or “fish ponds.

Either boys or girls, usually age’s seven to ten, play the two-person game of O an quan (literally “Mandarin’s Box”). They draw a rectangle on the ground and divide it into ten small squares called “rice fields” or “fish ponds.

Source: Svietnam