How To Say ‘Bedroom’ In Korean

Last Updated on May 26, 2022 by 90 Day Korean
Picture of a room with a bed

Today we will continue on the topic of learning the names of different rooms in your home in Korean. Did you already go through the lessons for ‘kitchen’ and ‘bathroom’? Can you guess what word we will learn to say in Korean today?

That’s right! We will learn how to say ‘bedroom’ in Korean! After all, just like a kitchen and a bathroom, every home has one! Of course, in a studio – called a one room in Korea – it may not be separate from the kitchen and the living area, but today you will learn how to describe that, too!

Picture of a room with a bed

‘Bedroom’ in Korean

The word for how to say bedroom in Korean is 침실 (chimshil). This word combines the word 침대 (chimdae), which means ‘bed’ in Korean, with -실 (- shil), the suffix noting something as a room in Korean.

Occasionally, you may also hear people refer to their bedrooms as 침방 (chimbang), as 방 (bang) stands for ‘room’ in Korean. However, it is much more common to use the word 침실 (chimshil) for ‘bedroom’, while 방 (bang) may be used to simply refer to your room, ie. 내방 (naebang), which is ‘my room’ in Korean.

Associations for ‘Bedroom’ in Korean

Let’s create an association to help remember the word ‘bedroom’ in Korean. To do that, let’s take the word 침실 (chimshil) and break it down. It has two parts, ‘chim‘ and ‘shil‘ so what words could we use to associate with that? How about ‘chimney’ and ‘window sill’? 

For our story, let’s imagine that when Koreans go to sleep, they sleep on a chimney as a bed and call it ‘chimney day’ or ‘chim day‘ for short. Now imagine you’re looking at blueprints for a home. How do Koreans identify rooms on the blueprint? They draw window sills around them! So when they look at a blueprint and see a ‘sill‘ they immediately know it’s a room!

So naturally what is a ‘bedroom’? The place they sleep, chimney, identified on the blueprint by the window sill. It’s the ‘chim sill‘ for short! 침실 (chimshil)

Remember that a room can be identified with a -실 (- shil) or with a –방 (- bang).

If you enjoyed this word association, check out this article for other basic Korean words!

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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 English versions, you may find that the pronunciation can be inaccurate. That’s because the English letters are only approximations of the Korean words.

If you only use the remained versions, your pronunciation may be off, and Koreans may not understand you. This is a common occurrence.

Also it can slow down your learning since you’ll be thinking in terms of English rather than thinking in terms of Korean.

We recommend learning Hangeul (Korean alphabet) ASAP. You can get a free guide here and be reading before dinnertime.

Sample Sentences

Bedroom with white walls, bed, teal chair, hanging lamps, large headboard bed, and side table

Formal:

여기 이 주택의 주 침실입니다. (yeogi i juthaeke ju chimshirimnida.)

Here is this house’s master bedroom.

Standard:

저는 원룸에서 살고 있어서 침실이 따로 없어요. (jeoneun wonrumeseo salgo isseoseo chimshiri eobseoyo.)

I don’t have a separate bedroom because I live in a one room.

우리 집은 침실이 2개인 주택이에요. (uri jibeun chimsiri dugaein juthaekieyo.)

Our home is a two bedroom house.

Informal:

내 꿈은 10개의 침실이 있는 주택에서 사는것이야. (nae kkumeun 10gaee chimshiri inneun juthaekeseo saneungeoshiya.)

My dream is to live in a house with 10 bedrooms.

내 방은 욕실이 딸린 침실이야! 정말 신기하지? (nae bangeun yokshiri ddallin chimshiriya! Jeongmal shinkihaji?)

My bedroom has a bathroom in it! Isn’t that cool?

Now, was the word for ‘bedroom’ in Korean what you expected it to be? Which room in your home do you want to learn next?

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