How to Say ‘Goodbye’ in Korean

Last Updated on September 17, 2020 by 90 Day Korean

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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)!

Want more Korean phrases? Go to our Korean Phrases Page for even more!

 

 

 

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

    • Avatar for Astrea Astrea

      Can you put 요 after the phrase 나 먼저 가? like 나 먼저 가요 ? and use it when talking with older people or 선배s? 🙂 Thank you!

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi Astrea! You can say 나 먼저 가요, but to be more polite, you can also say 저 먼저 가볼게요. ^^

    • Avatar for koreanlearner koreanlearner

      I have a question. When saying ‘안녕’ to a close friend who is older than you, can you still say it without being disrespectful?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        If you’re close enough, you can just say ‘안녕’. But to be safe, you can say ‘안녕하세요’ (hello) or ‘잘 가요’ (goodbye) instead. ^^

    • Avatar for Enrik Enrik

      How do I say “Be well” as if to say farewell to somebody you might not see again?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi Enrik! You can say ‘잘 지내세요’ (Take care) ^^

    • Avatar for lasw lasw

      What if both people are leaving?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi lasw! In that situation, you can use either 안녕 (good bye) or 다음에 봐 (see you next time). ^^

    • Avatar for raput76 raput76

      this is a good site…I will come back!

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