‘Royal Gold’ Korean Hwatu
Hwatu cards are the Korean version of Japanese Flower Cards. “Hwatu” literally means “flower cards”. There are 48 cards in the game, broken up into twelve months (suits) of four cards each. Each month has a corresponding plant which is represented on the card. The cards are printed on thick, red plastic. Some of the cards have the word "光" (‘bright’) used to identify high scoring cards, a feature absent in the Japanese version. Hwatu is very commonly played in South Korea. ‘Go Stop’ is a popular card game played in Korea using “Hwatu” (화투) cards. The goal of the game is to gain as many points as possible, with certain combinations netting more points than others.