How to Say ‘Good Morning’ in Korean

Last Updated on May 4, 2021 by 90 Day Korean
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It’s always good to start off the day on a positive note.

One easy way to do that is with a nice, polite, friendly “good morning”.

But how can we say “good morning” in Korean?

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In most situations, you can just use ‘hello‘ instead of saying ‘good morning’ when speaking Korean. However, if you want to specifically say ‘good morning’ instead of ‘hello’, then you’ll want to know these phrases. We also have a FREE PDF guide that you can take with you on the go. Check it out below:

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Formal ‘Good Morning’ in Korean


2. How to Say Good Morning in Korean formal

If you want to know how to say ‘good morning’ in Korean when speaking with somebody older than yourself, then these are the phrases to learn.

‘잘 주무셨어요 (jal jumusyeosseoyo)?’ literally means ‘did you sleep well?’.

Similarly, ‘안녕히 주무셨어요 (annyeonghi jumusyeosseoyo)?’ means ‘did you sleep peacefully?’

These phrases should only be used when you first meet somebody after they wake up, i.e. at breakfast time. They can’t be used at 11:59 a.m. like ‘good morning’ can in English.

잘 (jal) means ‘well’ in Korean. You can use this word in front of a verb, for example, by saying ‘잘 했어요’ (jal haesseoyo | well done).

주무셨어요 (jumusyeosseoyo) is the past tense version of the verb 주무세요 (jumuseyo). Certain common verbs in Korean, such as ‘to exist’, ‘to eat’, ‘to speak’, and ‘to sleep’ have two different forms: the regular form, and the honorific form. 주무세요 (jumuseyo) is the honorific form of 자다 (jada) meaning ‘to sleep’.

The honorific form should be used when speaking to people older or higher in rank than you. You should never use it when referring to yourself. It is therefore used mainly when asking a question.

If somebody asks you ‘잘 주무셨어요 (jal jumusyeosseoyo)?’, then you need to reply using the lower form of the verb. In this case saying, you could reply with ‘네, 잘 잤어요’ (ne, jal jasseoyo) meaning ‘yes, I slept well’.

You can use the verb 주무세요 (jumuseyo) in its present tense form when saying 안녕히 주무세요 (annyeonghi jumuseyo) meaning ‘good night’ (literally ‘sleep peacefully’).


You can also use this phase to literally say, “The morning is good”. It’s used like the English phrase ‘good morning”. Since it uses the –입니다 (imnida) ending, it is more of a formal phrase.

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Standard ‘Good Morning’ in Korean

1. How to Say Good Morning in Korean standard

This is the standard form of “did you sleep well?”. You might use this with new roommates while traveling with those older than you, or maybe in a text message.


You’d use this phrase to say “good morning” in standard Korean. It’s not as common as saying “good morning” in English. As you learn more about the Korean language, you’ll notice that some of the cultural elements are built into the language. That means that some of the phrases won’t translate directly.

Want more Korean phrases? Go to our Korean Phrases Page for a complete list!

Informal ‘Good Morning’ in Korean


When talking to close friends, you can simply say 잘 잤어 (jal jasseo)? This phrase uses the past tense version of 자다 (jada) which means ‘to sleep’.

2. How to Say Good Morning in Korean informal

If you type ‘good morning’ into a translator then it will often come up with something like 좋은 아침 (joeun achim). This is the literal translation of ‘good morning’ as 좋은 (joeun) means ‘good’ and 아침 (achim) means ‘morning’.

Hopefully you now know how to say ‘good morning’ in Korean. If you want to keep it simple, then just use the word ‘hello’ instead of ‘good morning’.

If you want to just learn one way of saying ‘good morning’ in Korean, then learn 안녕히 주무셨어요 (annyeonghi jumusyeosseoyo)? Your polite manners and consideration will definitely make everyone’s morning good!

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    20 replies to "How to Say ‘Good Morning’ in Korean"

    • Avatar for Yoon Mia Yoon Mia

      I love how the language has a formal language and an informal language. It may seem hard to learn it but it seems interesting though. I really love the language and culture

    • Avatar for noemi noemi

      yes the more i watch kdrama the more korean culture got me hooked..the language..the people…the technology and the respect they have for the elders wow amazing…not to mention kpop and beautiful korean actors and singers…incredible!!…my goal is to learn the language where i could communicate to a korean on the street that would be pretty awsome!!! yeyyy…

    • Avatar for Regina Regina

      Hello!! Thank you so much for this website, I really learned how to say Good morning in korean, in formal and standard way!!

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Great, we’re glad it’s been valuable to you! ^^

    • Avatar for Brandon Brandon

      i watched Itaewon Class and now I’m determined to learn Korean haha thank you!

    • Avatar for althea althea

      I watched korean unnie on youtube and she said koreans don’t usually use 좋은 아침 in saying good morning ☹️

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        That’s true, althea! We usually say “안녕하세요!” (Hello!) ^^

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