How To Say ‘Ghost’ In Korean

Last Updated on March 30, 2021 by 90 Day Korean
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‘Ghost’ in Korean

There are two main words for how to say ‘ghost’ in Korean. The first word for ‘ghost’ in Korean is 귀신 (gwisin).

귀신 (gwisin)


This is a very popular word to use for saying ‘ghost’ in Korean, and likely the one you will hear first. The other main word for ‘ghost’ in Korean is 유령 (yuryeong).

유령 (yuryeong)


In many ways, this word means the same as 귀신 (gwisin), both of which can also be used for the meanings ‘apparition’ and ‘phantom’. However, of the two, 유령 (yuryeong) may be the fancier and more literary, if possible, option, thus why it is not used as much in everyday speech.

Another similar word is 혼령 (hollyeong). But instead of meaning ghost, it is better to limit its usage to ‘spirit’ or ‘phantom’. 영혼 (yeonghon) is its synonym, though it is more typically used to express the word ‘soul’.

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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.

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

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Standard Korean Example Sentences

You can use these sentences in just about every situation, they’re considered polite. 

1. 제 친구가 10년전에 죽었는데 왜 아직도 친구의 혼령이 붙고 있는 것 같아요?

(je chinguga 10nyeonjeone jugeonneunde wae ajikdo chinguui hollyeongi butgo inneun geot gatayo?)

   My friend has already been dead for ten years, so why does it still feel like his ghost is haunting me?

Informal Korean Example Sentences

This style of speaking is used with friends, family, or others that you're close with.

1. 요즘 우리 집에서 이상한 일들이 많이 생기고 있어서 귀신이 들리고 있는 것 같아.

(yojeum uri jibeseo isanghan ildeuri mani saenggigo isseoseo gwisini deulligo inneun geot gata.)

   There are so many strange things happening in our house these days, it’s like it’s haunted by a ghost.

2 .이게 무슨 미친 말인가? 유령 같은 것이 없잖아.

(ige museun michin maringa? yuryeong gateun geosi eopjana.)

   What kind of crazy talk is this? You know there are no such things as ghosts.

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    6 replies to "How To Say ‘Ghost’ In Korean"

    • Avatar for Zhaira Jesuitas Zhaira Jesuitas

      Thank you so much for this article!!

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Sure, it’s our pleasure. We’re glad that it has been valuable to you. ^^

    • Avatar for Edward Edward

      How do you say ‘ghost-writing’? As in, ‘There’s ghost-writing in the journal’?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Edward! You can say “대필” for “ghost-writing”. ^^

    • Avatar for Elizabeth Elizabeth

      How do i say BOO! in korean?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Elizabeth! We don’t have an exact word for ‘boo!’ to scare people. We usually make a sound like ‘워!’ when we try to surprise people. ^^

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