Flowers in Korean – Complete list of names and national symbol

Last Updated on September 16, 2021 by 90 Day Korean
Flowers In Korean

Do you know the words for the various flowers in Korean?

Flowers are some of nature’s most gorgeous inventions, not only the kind you can see in bloom everywhere in springtime but also the kind you can create right in your backyard.

In this lesson, you will also learn how to say “flower” in Korean. That means you can start creating that flower garden in Korea as well – or at least tell your Korean friends about the one you have back at home!

Flowers In Korean

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Flowers in Korean

Here is a list of flower names in Korean.

KoreanEnglish
꽃 한 다발 (kkot han dabal)a bunch of flowers
꽃꽃이 (kkotkkochi)a flower arrangement
벚꽃 (beotkkot) cherry blossom
난 (nan)orchid
수선화 (suseonhwa) daffodil
양귀비 (yangwibi)poppy
튤립 (thyullib)tulip
장미 (jangmi)rose
베고니아 (begonia)begonia
백합 (baekhab)lily
동백꽃 (dongbaekkkot)camellia
제비꽃 (jebikkot)violet
해바라기 (haebaragi)sunflower
무궁화 (mugunghwa)Hibiscus

Korean National Flower

The National flower of Korea is the 무궁화 (mugunghwa | Hibiscus). You can see this name referred to in different parts of Korean culture. It’s the name of a train that runs through the country.

Rose in Korean

The Korean word for rose is 장미 (jangmi). This flower is often associated with love and romance.

Example:

장미는 언제 꽃을 피어요? (jangmineun eonje kkocheul phieoyo?)

When do roses bloom?

Sunflower in Korean

Sunflower in Korean is 해바라기 (haebaragi). This Korean flower symbolizes happiness and can brighten up one’s mood!

Violet in Korean

The Korean word for violet is 제비꽃 (jebikkot) and it symbolizes modesty.

Cherry Blossom in Korean

Cherry blossom in Korean is 벚꽃 (beotkkot). This comes from cherry blossom trees and symbolizes beauty and purity. There are also different places in Korea where you can find these cherry blossoms.

Lily in Korean

Lily in Korean is 백합 (baekhab). This flower symbolizes innocence and sweetness.

“Flower” in Korean

The word for flower in Korean is 꽃 (kkot). As you may have noticed, the word ends with ㅊ. This means that when you combine it with an object or noun marking particles, you will pronounce it as 꽃을 (kkocheul) or 꽃이 (kkochi).

Flower In Garden

However, when you refer to the “flower” on its own in Korean, with no marking particles attached, the pronunciation needs to end in a “t”-sound.

Example:

올해는 들이 일찍 피었어요. (orhaeneun kkotdeuri iljjik phieosseoyo.)

The flowers bloomed early this year.

나는 너한테 을 좀 꺾었어. (naneun neohanthe kkocheul jom kkyeokkeosseo.)

I picked up some flowers for you.

어디로 을 심을까? (eodiro kkocheul shimeulkka?)

Where should we plant the flower?

Spring flowers

Another word for how to say “flower” in Korean is 화초 (hwacho). It is rarely used, but would be an especially good vocabulary word for referring to planting and growing flowers or when the word you wish to use is “plant”.

Example:

오늘은 화초를 심을게요. (oneureun hwachoreul shimeulgeyo.)

I will plant the flowers today.

Now that you know how to say “flower” in Korean, here are also common Korean words that are related to flowers.

Pots with blooming Chrysanthemums in the greenhouse of a flower

Plant in Korean

A flower is a type of plant, and the Korean term for plant is 식물 (sigmul).

Garden in Korean

An area where different flowers and plants are planted is called a garden which translates to 정원(jeongwon) in Korean. If you have a garden full of roses, you can call that as 장미 정원 (jangmi jeongwon). Another term used for garden is 뜰 (tteul).

A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the Korean 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?

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    8 replies to "Flowers in Korean – Complete list of names and national symbol"

    • Avatar for Jasmine Jasmine

      Hello there! Are we allowed to use 화 in place of 꽃 in a conversation, when referring to flowers? :0

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Jasmine! You should say 꽃 when you want to talk about generally any flower. For example, “꽃 사러 가자.” (Let’s go buy some flowers.) 화 is used when you refer to certain species of flowers, such as “매화” (apricot blossom), “수선화” (daffodil), etc.. ^^

    • Avatar for Lau Lau

      Hi, please help me to understand as I arrived here looking for the answer.
      I esa watching the drama “Tomorrow with you”, where main female caracter Is called Bap soon because when Child actress had a line saying “give me rice” and people continue calling her like that. That’s a torture for her. Then the main male character calls her “flower” (looking deeply I found sb said he calles ver kkot soon) and she feels relieved.
      It’s hard to understand such emotion without the real words, could be kkot+soon something else?
      Thanks!

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Lau! In Korea, we usually add ‘-순’ [soon] after a noun to call a girl with that feature. For example, 밥 means ‘rice or a meal’, so 밥순 means ‘a girl who likes rice or who likes to eat’. He calls her 꽃순 in the drama because 꽃 means ‘flower’ and so 꽃순 would mean that the girl is as pretty as a flower. ^^

        • Avatar for Lau Lau

          WOW… how much we lost in translation!!! and with romanization
          Now I can understand her, why she was so happy with him changing her nickname…
          oh he’s so cute n_n

          THANK YOU A LOT ♥♥♥

          고맙십니다

    • Avatar for Ivis Ivis

      How would I ask someone “what type of flowers are those? or “what are these flowers?”

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Ivis! You can say “이 꽃은 뭐예요?” (What are these flowers?) generally. ^^

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