How to Say ‘Goodbye’ in Korean

Last Updated on May 28, 2021 by 90 Day Korean
Young Asian boy with a backpack waving goodbye with greenery in the background

If you’ve already figured out to how to say ‘hello’ in Korean, then you’re ready to add the next important phrase to the mix.

Today, we’ll show you how to say ‘goodbye’ in Korean.

There is more than one way of saying ‘goodbye’. You should use a different ‘goodbye’ phrase depending on whether you are the person going or the person staying. We also have a FREE guide that you can take with you on the go. Check it out below:

Let’s get to it!

Young Asian boy with a backpack waving goodbye with greenery in the background

Formal ‘Goodbye’ in Korean

1. How to Say Goodbye in Korean formal

 

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These are the most formal ways to say ‘goodbye’ in Korean. You might hear these on radio shows or on TV.

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Standard ‘Goodbye’ in Korean

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How to Say GOODBYE in Korean (to people leaving) | 90 Day Korean

If the other person is leaving, then you should say 안녕히 가세요 (annyeonghi gaseyo). Let’s break it down!

You have probably come across the word 안녕 (annyeong) from when you studied how to say ‘hello’ in Korean.

You can use 안녕 to say ‘goodbye’ informally too. Its actual meaning is ‘peace’. The ‘히 (hi)’ on the end of the word is one of the ways of turning a word into an adverb, so now 안녕히 (annyeonghi) roughly translates as ‘peacefully’.

가세요 (gaseyo) is the polite way of telling somebody to go. You can use this word when in a taxi, for example ‘이태원에 가세요’ (itaewone gaseyo | go to Itaewon) if you want. When put together, 안녕히 가세요 (annyeonghi gaseyo)) means ‘go peacefully’.

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How to Say GOODBYE in Korean (to people staying) | 90 Day Korean

Imagine you have to say ‘goodbye’ to someone (so sad!).

In this scenario, you are the person who is leaving, and the other person is the one who is staying. In this situation, you should say 안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi gyeseyo).

How to Say Goodbye in Korean standard

 

계세요 (gyeseyo) is the honorific version of 있으세요 (isseuseyo | from the verb 있다 (itda) – to exist). So when you say 안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi gyeseyo), you are literally saying ‘peacefully exist’.

The difficulty that most students have is that they often mix up 가세요 (gaseyo) and 계세요 (gyeseyo). They sound quite similar! Keep on practicing and eventually you will get it right.

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Another common way of saying ‘goodbye’ in Korea is to simply say 가세요 (gaseyo). Often older people use this word when saying ‘goodbye’ to younger people. It is a polite way of saying ‘go’.

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You can say ‘goodbye’ by using the phrase 잘 가요 (jal gayo), which literally means ‘go well’. This expression can only be used when the other person is leaving.

Informal ‘Goodbye’ in Korean

1. How to Say Goodbye in Korean informal

The simplest way to say ‘goodbye’ in Korean is to say 안녕 (annyeong). Remember that this is quite informal, so don’t say it at work or to people older than you! You can use this regardless if the other person is staying or going.

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If the other person is leaving, then you can say 잘 가 (jal ga), meaning ‘go well’.

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If you are leaving, then a frequently used expression is 나 먼저 갈게 (na meonjeo galge) which means ‘I will go first’.

It is heard a lot in dramas, and can be used with close friends.

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This phrase means “see you next time”. You can use it in addition to the other ‘goodbye’ phrases above.

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Use this phrase to express the idea of “see you tomorrow”.

Remember that if you are speaking to somebody older than you, then you should include the 요 (yo) at the end.

If they are significantly older than you, then you may want to change 봐 to 보세요 (boseyo) to make it more formal. It’s good manners!

Hopefully, you now understand how to say goodbye in Korean. If you liked this, then check out our free resource guide on how to learn Korean online

Keep on studying, and 다음에 봐요 (daeume bwayo)!

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    31 replies to "How to Say ‘Goodbye’ in Korean"

    • Avatar for Alayna Goul Alayna Goul

      I’ve seen people on YouTube say “빠 이”.. So is that a slang or another way of saying bye or something..? I’m still confused.

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Alayna! “빠이” means “goodbye”. It’s used very commonly by the young population in Korea. ^^

      • Avatar for Brian Spurrier Brian Spurrier

        It’s literally just ‘bye’ written in hangul.

    • Avatar for 휴재 휴재

      So if it’s 안녕히가세요 when they’re leaving and 안녕히계세요 when you’re leaving, what do you say when you’re both leaving (e.g. going separate ways in the street)

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, 휴재! Then we both say 안녕히 가세요. ^^

    • Avatar for 파원 구마르 파원 구마르

      I think there are many type of confusion saying bye in korean people but some type type of bye in india like that so not different .

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        That’s correct, 파원! Many forms (formal/standard/informal) of expression is the most unique and difficult part of learning Korean! ^^

    • Avatar for Anna Anna

      Hi! I’ve seen a couple of videos where Koreans say something that sounds like “Byeong!” when they say goodbye. Is this also another way of saying it?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Anna! It’s 뿅 [bbyong]. Some Koreans say it before hanging up the phone. It first started from a Korean comedian 노홍철. ^^

    • Avatar for Krishna Krishna

      In many indian languages, people don’t just say bye, the say something like, ‘I’ll go and come back’, which is mostly used while coming out of your own house. So, is there some similar way of saying bye in Korean?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Good question, Krishna! You can say “다녀올게” or “갔다 올게” for “I’ll go and come back”. ^^

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