Animals in Korean

Last Updated on July 30, 2021 by 90 Day Korean
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Do you know how to talk about animals in Korean?

It’s fun to talk about your favorite wildlife when you learn Korean. So let’s boost our Korean vocabulary and learn the words for all the different creatures.

We’ve made it easy by putting together a list of important words and examples for you.

Let’s get rolling!

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Here is a free PDF guide that you can download and take with you:

Dogs, cats, snakes, horses, what do all these words have in common? They’re all animals, and they’re all fun to talk about in Korean.

The words in this lesson are all written in both Hangeul (Korean Alphabet) and romanized English. You’ll be able to learn Korean much faster if you know the alphabet, and you can learn how to read before your next meal.

Animal in Korean

To start out, we should know that the word for animals in Korea is 동물 (dongmul)

동물 (dongmul)


While there are a lot of wild animals in South Korea, you’ll probably tend to see most of them at the 동물원 (dongmulwon). Any idea what that is? It’s a place where you’ll see a lot of Korean animals in one place.

동물원 (dongmulwon)


Now that we have that out of the way, let’s look at some lists of animals. Keep in mind that these are very general lists, and many animals could be included in multiple lists. We’re just keeping it simple.

Pets in Korean

If you’re a pet lover, you’ll love our first list. These are animals raised as pets. The top 3 are the most popular ones.

Dog in Korean is 개 (gae) while puppy in Korean is 강아지 (gangaji). On the other hand, cat in Korean is 고양이 (goyangi).

Farm Animals in Korean

Generally, there are many animals we can see on a farm. But in this lesson, we’ll give you a list of the common animals you’ll see on a farm.

Cow in Korean

A cow in Korean is 소 (so). The moo of a cow is 음메 (eumme).

Horse in Korean

A horse in Korean is 말 (mal). A zebra is is a striped horse called 얼룩말 (eollukmal).

Chicken in Korean

Chicken in Korean is 닭 (dak).

Crab in Korean

The crab can also be a farm animal, and the crab in Korean is 게 (ge). Snow crab is called 대게 (daege). It may come as a surprise to you that crabs are on the list of farm animals.

Pig in Korean

The word for pig in Korean is 돼지 (dwaeji) and it makes the sound 꿀꿀 (kkulkkul) which is the Korean term for oink.

Forest Animals in Korean

Here is a list of some popular animals in the forest.

Bear in Korean

Bear in Korean is 곰 (gom).  You might notice the Korean word for bear in the word 곰인형 (gominhyeong), which is teddy bear.

Panda in Korean

The word for panda in Korean is 판다 (panda). This one is an easy one because the Korean word for “panda” sounds similar to the English word!

Wolf in Korean

There are 2 animals that commonly appear in popular K-Dramas and K-Pop songs and one of them is the wolf. Wolf in Korean is 늑대

Fox in Korean

The 2nd common animal that appears in Korean songs and dramas is the fox. Fox in Korean is 여우. Fox is commonly used as an expression.

Aquatic Animals in Korean

At this point, we’ll learn a few of the many aquatic animals.

Below is a list of the popular aquatic animals.

Octopus in Korean

Octopus in Korean is 문어 (muneo). It’s an aquatic animal that’s abundant in Korean ocean.

Squid in Korean

Squid in Korean is 오징어 (ojingeo).

Birds in Korean

Birds are lovely animals. They’re beautiful because of their colorful feathers. Before we learn about the different terms used for birds in the Korean language, let’s learn what the word “bird” in Korean is. Birds in Korean is 새 (sae).

Here is a list of different birds with their corresponding Korean meaning.

Birds in KoreanEnglish
앵무새 (aengmusae)parrot
까치 (kkaji)magpie
참새 (chamsae)sparrow
까마귀 (kkamagwi)crow
공작 (gongjak)peacock
비둘기 (bidulgi)dove
펭귄 (penggwin)penguin
타조 (tajo)ostrich
두루미 (durumi)crane
백조 (baekjo)swan
독수리 (doksuri)eagle
갈매기 (galmaegi)gull
거위 (geowi)goose
매 (mae)hawk

Various Wild Animals in Korean

There are many wild animals seen in the wild of Africa. Most of them can be seen in big zoos near us.

To know more about the various wild animals, here’s a list of them.

Various Wild Animals in KoreanEnglish
고릴라 (gorilla)gorilla
침팬지 (chimpaenji)chimpanzee
오랑우탄 (orangutan)orangutan
얼룩말 (eollukmal)zebra
표범 (pyobeom)leopard
치타 (chita)cheetah
뱀 (baem)snake
하이에나 (haiena)hyena
영양 (yeongyang)antelope
들소 (deulso)bison
물소 (mulso)water buffalo
북극곰 (bukgeukgom) polar bear
코알라 (koalla)koala
도마뱀  (domabaem)lizard
캥거루 (kaengeoru)kangaroo
달팽이 (dalpaengi)

Monkey in Korean

Monkey in Korean is 원숭이 (wonsungi).

Elephant in Korean

The elephant in Korean is 코끼리 (kokkiri)

Giraffe in Korean

Giraffe in Korean is 기린 (girin).

National Animal of South Korea

Do you know what the South Korean National animal happens to be? It’s 호랑이 (horangi), tiger! The Siberian tiger is in many mythical stories in Korean culture, and some even think the Korean peninsula resembles a tiger.

The national bird of South Korea is the 까치 (kkaji), Asian magpie.

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Korean Sample Sentences

We didn’t forget the simple Korean sentences to help you start some conversations! These are in standard Korean and are considered polite, you can use them in most situations.

제일 좋아하는 동물은 뭐예요? (jeil joahaneun dongmureun mwoyeyo?)

What is your favorite animal?


내 제일 좋아하는 동물은 판다야. (nae jeil joahaneun dongmureun pandaya.)

My favorite animal is panda.


그 동물원에서 북극곰도 있던데. (geu dongmulwoneseo bukgeukgomdo itdeonde.)

That zoo has polar bears as well.


매일 저녁에 개랑 산책해요. (maeil jeonyeoge gaerang sanchaekhaeyo.)

I take a walk with a dog every evening.


이웃집 개가 시끄럽게 짖고 있어요. (iutjip gaega sikkeureopge jitgo isseoyo.)

The neighbor’s dog is barking loudly.


말을 타본 적이 있어요? (mareul tabon jeoki isseoyo?)

Have you ever ridden a horse?


그들은 경주용 말이에요. (geudeureun gyeongjuyong marieyo.)

They are racing horses.


하늘에 새들이 날고 있어요. (haneure saedeuri nalgo isseoyo.)

Birds are flying in the sky.


So today you've learned a lot of different wildlife vocabulary in Korean! Was there one we forgot but you'd like to know? Let us know and we'll add it to the list.

What's your favorite animal? Whether it's a cat, dog, horse, mouse, chicken, or even a snake, see if you can make a Korean sentence with it. Leave it in the comments below and we'll check your Korean!

    23 replies to "Animals in Korean"

    • Avatar for kiomi kiomi

      wah I am really satisfied……this really helps a lot….and the guides too…i downloaded and read also helps…i am thankfull for this..

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Awesome! It’s our pleasure. We’re glad that it has been valuable to you. ^^

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