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Published September 07, 2011 Updated May 14, 2024

Mahjongg

Mahjongg is usually played with tiles, which are Chinese playing cards made in solid form...

China Malaysia Singapore Thailand Mahjong Add to Collection

These cards are almost certainly printed in Malaysia, but are exported to Singapore. However, the locals prefer playing with tiles, rather than cards. The rules of the game are akin to Rummy. The top row contains the suit of Circles. The second row contains the three Bonus cards, from L-R: 红中, 白板 绿發 that is, the “red centre, white tile, and green prosperity." The third and fourth rows contain the suits of Myriads and Bamboos respectively, the ranks are, from L-R: 1 ,2, 7, 8 and 9. The suit of Myriads is unchanged from the traditional money cards. The suit of Bamboos, however, is merely a corrupted version of the “Strings” in the money suited cards. The bottom row contains the “Winds" tiles, from L-R: East, South, West, North.

Mahjongg cards made in Malaysia

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Mahjongg set made in China

Mahjongg set made in China and imported into Thailand. Image courtesy Homies, 16 Vibhavadi Rangsit, Bangkok, Thailand.

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