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How To Say 'Happy Anniversary' In Korean

So perhaps you started dating a local after you made your move to South Korea, and it’s now time to celebrate your 100 days of relationship, as is customary in Korean dating culture. You’ve already prepared the plan for the day, and even a lovely little present, or perhaps it’s your close friend who has reached a milestone with their significant other.

Do you yet know how to wish your friend or bae ‘happy anniversary’ in Korean? You want to send them that congratulations text, but you’re struggling to find the words since you don’t yet know how to say ‘happy anniversary’ in Korean.

To erase both complications from your life, today we’ll teach you how to say ‘happy anniversary’ in Korean, and you can happily add another phrase to your vocabulary! Let’s get learning!

 

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‘Happy Anniversary’ in Korean

There are few ways for how to say ‘happy anniversary’ in korean. That is, there are a multitude of ways to say the happy part of the phrase. However, to our relief, there is only one word for ‘anniversary’ in Korean, which is 기념일 (ginyeomil). Whichever form in Korean you choose to use for wishing someone ‘happy anniversary’ the word 기념일 will most likely be included.

But which word or words indicating ‘happy’ should you attach? Well, some of it depends on your own preferences, and some of it depends on who you are sending those wishes to. Let’s see some different options that you have!

 

Sample Sentences

Romantic Couple In Restaurant

Formal:

기념일 축하드립니다! (ginyeomil chukhadeurimnida!)

Happy anniversary!

 

결혼 기념일 축하드립니다! (gyerhon ginyeomil chukhadeurimnida!)

Happy wedding anniversary!

 

Standard:

즐거운 기념일이 되기 기원해요! (julgeoun ginyeomiri dwoegi giwonhaeyo!)

Best wishes for a happy anniversary!

 

행복한 기념일이 되기 기원해요! (haengbokhan ginyeomiri dwoegi giwonhaeyo!)

Best wishes for a happy anniversary!

 

3주년 축하해요! (samjunyeon chukhahaeyo!)

Happy 3rd anniversary!

 

Informal:

기념일 축하해! (ginyeomil chukhahae!)

Happy anniversary!

 

자기야, 기념일 축하해! (jagiya, ginyeomil chukhahae!)

Happy anniversary, my dear!

 

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?

 

So now you can wish your friend or lover a “Happy anniversary!” in Korean. What other words or phrases would you like us to teach you next? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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