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  Number of editions: 9

   Edition: March 18, 2007

   Updated: July 2, 2010

Map of Korea.

Since Korea never stood under the influence of England the Waddingtons Monopoly editions could never have been introduced in this country.

After a long Japanese predominance the country came under American supervision after WW II.
Up till now (2007) Parker Brothers/Hasbro have not (yet?) published their "official" Monopoly editions, but inland manufacturers have made Monopoly-like editions.





Korean Granada edition, 1983.Edition: Granada
Publisher: Sesame Products - 1983
Dimensions of the box: 50 x 32 cm
       of the game board: 49 x 64 cm
The game:
This edition comes from the collection of Steve Amato - N.Y.

It turns out to be a kind of a copy from the original 1965 Milton Bradley (USA) game "Camp Granada game", because f.e. the banknotes of both games show in large characters "Demand Note" and "Not Negotiable". 
The Boardgamegeek describes this MB game as follows:Milton Bradley original game Camp Granada from 1965.

"In turn, a player moves the toy bus as far as one wishes but if the bus breaks down a player’s turn is over. The object of the game is to collect three animals and exit camp. The game is based on a “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” a novelty song of the sixties. Game comes with 16 Icky animal cards, 48 camp bus cards, 4 bunk house roofs, a camp bus and 12 rubber animals."

On the other hand it is not only the city of Granada but the image with the red bar at the lower end of the box as well that reminds me on Spain! And what a surprise: the Spainish editions I'm referring to have been published in 1982! In this respect I will point out that the dice on the lid have the typical "3 and 5" combination of that time, while the board has many typical Parker Bros marks like the blue treasure chest and the golden ring with diamond. to name a few.

Knowing all this, we may perhaps understand a bit of this good looking Korean edition of which I can only enumerate some features, like:"Go to Jail" as a property!

The solid game board is folded twice and has the Rules attached. The back side of it black showing the image of "the man
and woman in a red car" as is on the play side of the board.
The innerbox contains a long, narrow soft cardboard box with lid, for the storage of all components.
The property cards are white and blank on the back side.
Except for the property names being printed in both Korean and English, everything else is in Korean only. 
Instead of 4 stations there are 4 other properties one of which is "Go To Jail". This must be a mistake.: 
Self Praise
(deed nr.4) -
Drive to Bulgug T. (deed nr.11) - Back Drive To 5 (deed nr.18) - Go to Jail (deed nr.27).
The Chance and Community Chest cards use the images of the standard U.S. set with pictures of Rich Uncle Pennybags.
The printing of the game board and property deeds is rather inaccurate. We found at least 4 examples.
Because the banknotes say they are "Demand Notes"and are "Not Negotiable" and on the other hand nowhere a currency is
mentioned I keep it the money is "Sesame Bank"-money.
The purchase values for the properties differ from those of the Parker editions.
The banknotes are printed in black on colored paper. The values are: 1 (white) - 5 - 10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500.
There are only 4 small but funny men tokens with helmets of colored plastic.
There are 15 Community Chest cards and as many nice marble structured Chance cards. 
There are 32 houses (?), 16 builings 1 (?) and 12 buildings 2 (?). 
One of the dice is blue green the other one ivory and both have black pips.

The properties from Go onwards are: 

Yongin Nature Farm
(80) - Community Chest - Korea Folk Village (100) - Incom Tax (a misspelling of Income Tax) - Self Praise (200) - Dogo H.S. (Hot Springs)(120) - Chance - Mt. Sogri (140) - Yuseong H.S. (140) - Jail - Mt. Naejang (160) - Gas Station (150) - Haein Temple (180) - Mt. Jiri (200) - Drive To Bulgug Temple (200) (on the property deed it is printed Bulgug T.) - Mujugucheon-Dong (220) - Community Chest - Hanryusudo (220) - Jejudo (250) - Rest In Ship - Pusan Haeundae (280) - Chance - Bugog H.S. (300) - Tongdo Temple (300) - Back Drive To 5 (200) -  Bulgug Temple (320) - Seongryu Cave (350) - Tire Punk (150)(this is supposed to be Tire Puncture but there is a wrong spelling) - Baegam H.S. (380) - Privelage - Ulreung Islano (400) (this should be Ulreung Island, another misspelling) - Gyeongpodae (400) - Mt. Seolag (420) - Go To Jail (200) - Chance - Yongpyeong Ski Slope (450) - Luxury Tax (85) and Mt. Nam Tower (500). 




Great Game Flags.Edition: Great Game - flags, Kit No- 1,000
Publisher: Elephant - 1991
Dimensions of the box: 21.7 x 15.3 x 3.8 cm
of the soft game board: 29 x 42 cm
The game:
For those who are not Korean, like myself, I would characterize this set as the "Red car and flags"-edition.

At comparing this edition with the next one of the same manufacturer a few remarkable facts can be concluded, as there are:

Both sets have the same "Kit No- 1,000" reference.
Although the other set show a large yellow 2 in a red 
circle on the lid, the Rules in this set show a white 1 in a 
circle, reason why I think these editions belongs to a same series.
Underneath this circle with the 1 it says "KIC-91-004", reason why I assume this set was published in 1991. 

The little box contains:

The double folded game board of soft cardboard. The play-side is directed outwards. The grey back shows, except for much Korean, a table of "How to say it in English and French", like "Can you give me a room for tonight?/Avez-vous une chambre pour la nuit?"
2 sheets each with 10 "Computer" cards. On the colored front-side is a smiling computer, while the instructions with some illustration are at the grey back.
There are but 4 small (32x70 mm) yellow rimmed cards of which I cannot guess the purpose.
The property deeds are on 4 different colored rimmed cards, each containing 6 deeds. The front-side of these cards show the flag and some information of the country, as I can read a surface given in km2. The rents are printed in blue on the grey back-sides.
Another sheet has 4 different colored tokens to be placed in a small plastic feet of the same color. The green section of this sheet has 14 villa's that have to be bent in such a way that the villa stands upright on a foot.
The last small cardboard contains only 9 pink buildings and 9 lightblue hotels.
There is one larger paper sheet (51.5x37.5 cm) containing all 120 banknotes (25x65 mm) of "The Bank of Kyungill". The 5 denominations are: 10000 - 50000 - 100000 - 500000 and 1000000.
The black dice with white pips are in a little plastic bag, together with the 4 feet for the tokens.
The Rules leaflet is such that the illustrating pictures explain a lot.

All properties are from the Start onwards:

Green: Mexican - Japan - Philippines - Singapore
Blue: China - Belgium - Brazil - Hong Kong
Dark blue: Iran - Columbia - Denmark
Light blue: New Zealand - Swiss
Red: Sweden - England - Turkey
Yellow: America - Germay - Netherlands
Dark pink: Thailand - Malaysia
Orange: Italian - France - Korea

This edition was bought for about € 2.50 in December 1992 in Seoul.



Great Game 2.Edition: Great Game 2 - cities (?),
Publisher: Elephant/Kyoung IL Industr. Co. - 1991
Dimensions of the box: 21.7 x 15.3 x 3.8 cm
of the soft game board: 29 x 42 cm
The game:
I will characterize this set as the "Calling man and typewriter" edition.

This edition is of basically the same design but yet everything is different, since: 

Now the colorgroups of the properties are totally mixed up 
and since they are in Korean only I cannot enumerate them. The grey back-side of the game
 board shows Korean text, some calculation chart as well as a kind of Paris' skyline.
The "Computer"cards are blue now and show a computer on a globe.
The construction and the colors of the 4 tokens are the same, but the figures are different.
There are 4 blocks of 10 squares in the same colors as the tokens. I guess they must be placed on the color bar of a property the moment that property is bought by a player. The houses he/she will subsequently build on that property have to been put on that square.
There are but 56 tiny (14x14 mm) cardboard houses.
Again the property deeds are on 6 cardboard sheets, but now the rents are shown on the front-side of each deed.
The Rules leaflet is again carefully edited, while its back-page is used for advertisements of other games.

The only 2 things the same are:

The black dice with white pips.
All 5 banknotes of "The Bank of Kyungill".

This edition was bought for about € 2.50 in December 1992 in Seoul.



King of Hotel game 1991.Edition: World Express -  King Of Hotel Game
Publisher: ICOM - South Korea - ± 2001
Dimensions of the box: 25.7 x 51 cm
The game:
This set is from the collection of Steve Amato - N.Y.C.

So far this is the first real Parker/Hasbro imitation, not only for the red Monopoly bar, but even for a Korean Mr. Monopoly, although this character seems to be the company's mascot. On the other hand the designers have carefully taken care to not copy the corner spaces
but they did use the middle of each side for transport means: 

Call Taxi 
Rapid Railroad 
Excursion Ship 
Passenger Plane

Except for the red Go corner, the other 3 are totally different and unexpected:

one golf course
a pointing policemen (on the Free Parking space)
a small island in a blue sea with one palmtree

Another striking difference to the Parker design is the division of the properties in uniformly 2 per colorgroup resulting in 11 groups of (often capital) cities of countries in a same area, illustrated with color pictures of landmarks of the cities. The 2 most expensive streets are from South Korea.
The back side of the solid game board is black.

The properties are from Go onwards: 

Tripoli (24 ₩) - Cairo (24 ₩) - Environment Fund (80 ₩) -  Bangkok (40 ₩) - Call Taxi (80 ₩) - Singapore  (44 ) - Star Card - Mexico City  (48 ) - Brasilia (52 ) - Golf - Warsaw (60 ) - Copenhagen (64 ) - 7 Card - Moscow (68 ) - Rapid Railroad (80 ) - Berlin (72 ) - Star Card - Helsinki (76 ) - Stockholm (80 ) - Policeman - Peking (88 ) - Tokyo (94 ) - 7 Card - Rome (100 ) - Excursion Ship (80 ) - Paris (106 ) - Star Card - London (112 ) - Ottawa (118 ) - Palm Island - Department Store (60 ) - Parking Place (60 ) - 7 Card - New York (126 ) - Passenger Plane (80 ) - Washington (132 ) - The Red Cross Dues (30 ) - Busan (140 ) and Seoul (160 ).

Go corner, with property deeds, house and hotel.₩ = Won = the Korean currency.

The innerbox has a black plastic tray with 7 slots for the banker's money and 7 holes for the other attributes. There are 2 stacks of cards: one blue "Star" cards, which we shall consider to be Chance cards and yellow "7" cards, say Community 
Chest cards. The commands on these cards are nicely illustrated with funny situations of "Korean Mr.Monopoly".
The property deeds are of the same design as the "usual" ones. 
The banknotes are issued by the "Bank of ICOM" and printed in black on colored paper. The 7 denominations are:
10000 - 20000 - 50000 - 100000 - 200000 - 500000 and 1000000 .
Both the
houses and hotels are made of plastic and have a centric chimney. The houses have roof edges, the hotels don't.

The price of this edition amounted to ₩15,000 (US$ 16.12) in 2006.


Comparing the characters in the red bars (probably standing for "King of Hotel" = the spitting image of Monopoly) of other games made by ICOM all following games must be "King of Hotel" editions, although unfortunately it was never confirmed by the manufacturer.

Deluxe Space Express edition.  

 Edition: Space Express - DeLuxe edition

 Who can tell me more of this edition,  please contact me.




Standard Space Express edition.

 Edition: Space Express - Standard edition

 Who can tell me more of this edition,  please contact me.




World Cup Standard edition.

 Edition: World Cup - Standard edition

 Who can tell me more of this edition,  please contact me.





Big Mac edition?

 Edition: Big Mac edition?

 Who can tell me more of this edition,  please contact me.




Junior edition?

 Edition: Junior edition?

 Who can tell me more of this edition,  please contact me.





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