Huge Go Board in Ancient Fenghuang City

Fenghuang is an exceptionally well-preserved ancient Chinese town, according to wikipedia, with unique ethnic languages, customs, arts and architectural remains of Ming and Qing styles.

Fenghuang Ancient City

Fenghuang also has the largest Go board in the world and it hosts a match between two invited top professional players as part of a Go festival every two years. The two players are playing the game in a tower next to the board, while people costumed in black or white are moving on the huge board to mark the current position in the game.

Fenghuang Ancient City

Besides the huge Go board, there are also statues of famous professional players – can you guess who is who?

Fenghuang Ancient City

This year’s match was between Lee Sedol of Korea and Gu Li of China. The game commentary, with analysis in great detail by Lee Hajin 3p, is broadcast in English on this youtube channel.

Photo sources here, here, here, here.

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4 Responses to “Huge Go Board in Ancient Fenghuang City”

  1. Pat Ridley says:

    Great! Thanks for posting this.

  2. Jeff Elser says:

    This looks like a pretty cool event. From one of the pics, it looks like it’s open to spectators. Do you happen to know where I could find information on attending?

    Also, great post! Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Sorin says:

    Jeff, you may find more information from the links I listed in the end (”Photo sources ….”) but you need someone to translate from Korean.

    It looks like a public event, and I would like myself to attend :-) but I don’t know more than this, sorry…

  4. Thank you for this excellent and interesting posting. This board may be
    the world’s largest “operating” go board but it may not be the largest. I
    believe that title belongs to the John Fairbairn Ancient Go Board in Alberta Canada just south of Burnstick Lake. That ancient board which
    is 17 lines by 17 lines covers an area of 2 miles by 2miles. Thats 2560
    acres! The board has 256 squares of 10 acres each. The grid is colored
    in alternating and contrasting light and dark green squares. There is no possible argument to suggest that this is a natural formation. Joseph Needham the highly respected Sinologist has written extensively regarding the ancient Chinese use of the quantitative rectangular grid
    system, chess board patterns and the use of these patterns in divination
    (fortune telling) and land measuring. What is this doing in North America? For the answer to that question you can google “hendon’s
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