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When I am visiting other parts of the world, it is quite satisfying to bring back a local game. The problem is that it can be difficult to know what you should look for. After reading about the history of chess I now know the odd looking chess pieces I saw in Thailand was for an old chess variant played in Thailand. Why didn´t I buy it? The answer is I didn´t know what it was.

So the aim for this list is to give some ideas for boardgames that can be a good souvernir if you visit a given country. You should never have to bring back home normal chess again!

In a international world you can get almost everything everywhere, but the game should have local roots to the given country, and not be very common all around the world.

I would also be greatful for all help I could get on this as my knowledge is limited.
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CHINA

My brother bought my a copy of this when he was in Vietnam. It is an intresting chess variant with long tradition in China and neigbour countries.
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I think this is popular childrens game in all scandinavian countries, and have gained it´s place in scandinavian culture.
 
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GERMANY

I found this in Spain, but it is a traditional german game. If you find an edition with the trditional german suits you got a real gem.

 
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JAPAN

I found a copy in New York, but if I ever goes to Japan, it would make a perfect memory from the trip.
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NEPAL

If I ever go to Nepal I sure will be looking for this.
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NORWAY

You find quite expencive copies in Norwegian museums showing viking artefacts. Th egame isn´t great, but if you have the money it looks great, and is an intresting mix of history and boardgames.
 
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POLAND

You find this in all places where they sell stuff for tourists. It turend out it was invented by a polish game designer, so it turend out to be a "authentic" souvernir.

 
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THAILAND

As I experienced to late. It isn´t a veird looking chess game. It is a chess variant with long traditions.
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