How To Say 'Color' In Korean

Everywhere we look, we see color. Every item of clothing we wear, all the food we eat, each and every piece of furniture in our homes, all of it comes in a color of some sort. It’s interesting, isn’t it? Since it’s also something we don’t always consciously consider.

Our lesson today outlines how to say color in Korean. We will also introduce you to what some of the basic colors translate to in the Korean language. Although a seemingly never-ending list of shades to each color exists, just knowing these basic colors in Korean is an impressive skill. Let’s get learning!

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‘Color’ in Korean

The word for ‘color’ in Korean is 색깔 (saekkkal). However, you can often get by just by referring to color as 색 (saek), but it does slightly depend on the context. If you must, you will also likely be understood just fine if you use the Konglish word 컬러 (kheolleo) instead, but our advice would be to refrain from using it. The word ‘color’ also occasionally translates to 빛깔 (bitkkal) in Korean.

하늘색 (haneulsaek)  – sky blue

빨간 색 (bbalkan saek) – red

녹색 (noksaek) – green

파란색 (pharansaek) – blue

노란색 (noransaek) – yellow

주황색 (juhwangsaek) – orange

보라색 (borasaek) – violet, purple

갈색 (galsaek) – brown

검은색 (geomeunsaek) – black

횐색 (hwoensaek) – white

분홍색 (bunhongsaek) – pink

회색 (hwoesaek) – gray

부드러운 색 (budeureoun saek) – soft color

선명한 색 (seonmyeonghan saek) – vivid color

어두운 색 (eoduun saek) – dark color

밝은 색 (balkeun saek) – light color

파스텔 톤의 색 (phaseuthel thone saek) – pastel color

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.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?

Sample Sentences



제일 좋아하는 색은 뭐예요? (jeil johahaneun saekeun mwoyeyo?)

What’s your favorite color?

그녀는 블랙색 옷만 입어요. (geunyeoneun beullaeksaek otman ibeoyo.)

That girl only wears black clothes.


다음에 내 머리를 무슨 색깔로 염색할까? (daeume nae meorireul museun saekkkallo yeomsaekhalkka?)

Which color should I dye my hair next?

내 새로운 자동차는 파란색이야. (nae saeroun jadongchaneun pharansaekiya.)

My new car is blue.

Now that you know how to say ‘color’ in Korean you should have no problem describing that rainbow in your backyard. Any colors we missed? Let us know in the comments what color you’d like to learn to say!

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