Do you know how to name the different body parts in Korean? These are some of the basics and are super fun to learn.
Whether getting a check-up with the doctor or just chatting with friends, we’ll teach you the important body parts in Korean.
Let’s get to it!
Here is a free downloadable PDF guide that you can take with you:
- 1 Body Parts in Korean
- 1.1 Human in Korean
- 1.2 Body in Korean
- 1.3 Head Parts in Korean
- 1.4 Upper Body Parts in Korean
- 1.5 Lower Body Parts in Korean
- 1.6 Other Body Parts in Korean
Body Parts in Korean
These will be some of the first words you focus on when learning the Korean language. We’ll list the Korean vocabulary in Hangul (Korean Alphabet) and romanized English. If you can’t read Hangeul yet, go here to learn Korean in less than 1 hour.
Human in Korean
Before we proceed with the most common Korean words for the specific human body parts, it’s just right also to know the Korean word for human, which is called 인간 (ingan).
Body in Korean
The Korean vocabulary for the body is 몸 (mom) = body. You might also hear the word 인체 (inche) used, but this is a more technical term. For quick reference, check the two body diagrams below.
Now let’s learn Korean-English terms for the body parts starting at the top, and working our way down, from your 입 (ip | mouth) to your 발가락 (balgarak | toes)!
머리 (meori) = head
머리 (meori) = hair
머리 can mean both “head” and “hair,” depending on the context. If you want to distinguish the two, then you can use 머리카락 (meorigarak) for “hair.”
Head Parts in Korean
|| 뺨 (ppyam)||Cheek|
|| 치아 (chia)||Teeth|
Ear in Korean
The Korean word for the ear is 귀 (gwi). While earlobe in Korean is 귓불 (gwitbul).
Neck in Korean
This body part that connects the head to the shoulders is called 목 (mok) in Korean.
Nose in Korean
Our nose lets us identify scents we encounter daily. The word for nose in Korean is 코 (ko).
Eye in Korean
The word for eye in Korean is 눈 (nun). With 눈 (nun), we get to see the beauty of the world around us!
Teeth in Korean
There are two ways to say teeth in Korean which are 이 (i) and 치아 (chia). However, the Korean term 이 (i) is more commonly used during conversations.
Upper Body Parts in Korean
Back in Korean
The back part of the human body is called 등 (deung). Proper posture, especially when seated during work, is important to avoid pain in this area.
제 등이 벌써 일주일째 아파요 (je deungi beolsseo iljuiljjae apayo)
My back has already been hurting for a week.
Arm in Korean
The arm is called 팔 (pal) in Korean. While armpit or underarm is called 겨드랑이 (gyeodeurangi).
어제 자전거를 타고 넘어졌을때 팔을 다쳤어요. 다행히 헬멧을 써서 머리를 안다쳤어요. (eoje jajeongeoreul tago neomeojyeosseulttae pareul dachyeosseoyo. dahaenghi helmeseul sseoseo meorireul andachyeosseoyo)
Yesterday I rode my bike, fell and hurt my arm. Thankfully I wore my helmet, so I didn’t hurt my head.
Stomach in Korean
The word for stomach in Korean is 배 (bae). Make sure to eat all the right food to keep your 배 (bae) healthy!
내 배가 아파 (nae baega apa)
My stomach hurts.
Hand in Korean
The word for hand in Korean is 손 (son). While the back of the hand is called 손등 (sondeung). Lastly, the palm of the hand is called 손바닥 (sonbadak).
Finger in Korean
손가락 (songarak) is the Korean term for finger. Each finger also has specific Korean terms. Thumb in Korean is 엄지손가락(eomjisongarak). The index finger is called 집게손가락 (jipgesongarak) and the middle finger next to can be called 가운뎃손가락 (gaundetsongarak) or 중지 (jungji). The ring finger is called 약손가락 (yaksongarak) or 약지 (yakji). Lastly, the pinky or the little finger is called 새끼 손가락 (saekki songarak).
Heart in Korean
The word for heart in Korean is 심장 (simjang) which refers to the organ that pumps the blood in our bodies. It can also be called 가슴 (gaseum), but this word also means “chest” in Korean. Lastly, there is 하트 (hateu) which is the Konglish term for the word heart.
Lower Body Parts in Korean
Butt in Korean
This lower back part of the human body is called 엉덩이 (eongdeongi) in Korean.
Leg in Korean
These lower body limbs, which are important for standing and walking, are called 다리 (dari) in Korean. Specifically, 종아리 (jongari) means calf in Korean, while 허벅지 (heobeokji) is the word for thigh in Korean. These are commonly used terms in health and fitness.
Foot in Korean
This part of the body literally does each step we take, and a foot in Korean is called 발 (bal). The same word, 발 (bal), is used for feet in Korean since there is no difference in its singular and plural terms.
Knee in Korean
The knee in Korean is 무릎 (mureup). We often scrape this area as kids when we fall.
넘어져서 무릎을 다쳤어요. 지금 무릎은 많이 아파서 울고 싶어요. (neomeojyeoseo mureupeul dachyeosseoyo. jigeum mureupeun mani apaseo ulgo sipeoyo.)
I fell and hurt my knee. Now my knee hurts so much I want to cry.
Ankle in Korean
Ankle in Korean is 발목 (balmok).
운동했을때 발목을 삐었어요 (undonghaesseulttae balmogeul ppieosseoyo)
I strained my ankle while working out.
Other Body Parts in Korean
|피 | 혈액 (pi | hyeolaek)||Blood|
|혈관 (hyeolgwan)||blood vessel|
Skin in Korean
This is the largest organ in the human body, and it’s called 피부 (pibu) in Korean.
어제부터 피부가 많이 가려워요 (eojebuteo pibuga mani garyeowoyo)
My skin is itching a lot since yesterday.
Blood in Korean
The term 혈액 (hyeolaek) is often used in medical terms.
혈액 검사를 해야해서 긴장되고 있어요 (hyeoraek geomsareul haeyahaeseo ginjangdoego isseoyo)
I am nervous because I need to take a blood test.
On the other hand, 피 (pi) is more common in daily conversation.
손에서 피가 나고 있다 (soneseo piga nago itda)
The hand is bleeding.
Knowing these will make it useful for describing symptoms of human body parts in the Korean language to a doctor. They’re great for using common Korean phrases or for trying out new grammar structures.
There you have a quick rundown on the parts of the body in Korean from head (머리 meori) to toe (발가락 balgarak)! Now, if your neck (목 mok), foot (발 bal), or hand (손 son) hurts, you can explain it better to your friend or your doctor.
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- Days of the Week in Korean
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What do you think about learning Korean body parts? Can you make some sentences using this Korean vocabulary? Please show us your best sentence in the comments!
And if you have a part of the body you want help translating into Korean vocabulary, let us know, and we’ll get you an answer.
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