How To Say ‘Bag’ In Korean

Last Updated on March 18, 2021 by 90 Day Korean
A hand holding 4 colored paper bags

There are a few different ways to say “bag” in Korean. We’ll explain how!

Imagine: You’re about to head out the door, and you’ve got your clothes and shoes on, but what’s missing? Where will you keep your phone, wallet, and other things you need while you’re out?

A bag of course!

A hand holding 4 colored paper bags

‘Bag’ in Korean

So how to say ‘bag’ in Korean? Well, it depends on the kind of bag you’re talking about! The word for the type of bag you would have outside and have your keys, wallet, and other things in, is called 가방 (gabang).

However, when you’re referring to a bag like a shopping bag or trash bag, the word you’d want to use is either 봉투 (bongthu) or 봉지 (bongji). Additionally, if you are talking about a bag of snacks or candy, you should say X 한 봉지 (han bongji), with the X indicating whether it’s snacks, candies, etc.

There are also verbs that are convenient to attach to the word ‘bag’. If you want to say you are opening the bag, you’ll want to attach it to the verb stem 뜯다 (ddeudda). If you’re saying you’re putting something in the bag, the verb stem to use is 담다 (damda) for 봉투 (bongthu) and 봉지 (bongji), but 넣다 (neodda) for 가방 (gabang). If you want to express that you are carrying the bag, the correct verb stem is 들다 (deulda), or 어깨에 메다 (eoggaee meda) if you want to especially express you are carrying it on your shoulder.  

Fashionable Girls With Bags Handbags On Red Couch

쓰레기 봉투 (sseuregi bongthu) or 쓰레기 봉지 (sseuregi bongji) trash bag

비닐 봉지 (binil bongji) or 비닐 봉투 (binil bongthu) – plastic bag

종이 봉지 (jongi bongji) or 종이 봉투 (jongi bongthu) – paper bag

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A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

Get the 90 Minute Challenge PDF guide here and be reading Korean before your next meal. Once you know the alphabet, learning Korean will be faster and easier.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier. The country and culture will be more familiar, and you’ll understand the language on a different level.

Sample Sentences

Girl In Shopping Mall With Bags


봉투를 필요하세요? (bongthureul phiryohaseyo?)

Do you need a bag?

종이봉투에나 비닐봉투에 넣어드릴까요? (jongibongthuena binilbongthue neoheodeurilggayo?)

Do you want a paper bag or plastic?

봉지에 넣어 주십시오. (bongjie neoheo jushibshio.)

Please put it in the bag for me.


그 사람이 가방에서 사과를 꺼냈어요. (geu sarami gabangeseo sagwareul ggeonaesseoyo.)

That person took an apple out of the bag.


어떤 가방을 원해? (eoddeon gabangeul sago shipeo?)

What kind of a bag do you want?

So now that you have this Korean word ‘in the bag’ and can add it to your list of Korean words to memorize. What words would you like to learn next? Let us know in the comments below!

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