How to Say ‘Heaven’ in Korean

Last Updated on September 10, 2021 by 90 Day Korean
How To Say 'Heaven' In Korean

When you look above, what do you see? If you’re at home, you’ll probably see the ceiling. If you’re outside, whether you’re in Korea or other parts of the world, it’s the sky.

But what else is up there in the sky, reaching beyond the limitations of our mind? That could be heaven! Thus, today we’ll teach you how to say ‘heaven’ in Korean.

Picture of a stairway to heaven

‘Heaven’ in Korean

There are two main words for how to say ‘heaven’ in Korean. The first word is 하늘 (haneul) – which is a way of saying ‘sky’ – and the second word is 천국 (cheonguk). Thus, you may prefer to say ‘heaven’ as 천국 (cheonguk) and to ‘sky’ as 하늘 (haneul).

Faith And Prayer

In addition, there are other words you can use that have the same meaning. These words are:

천당 (cheondang)

하늘나라 (haneulnara)

낙원 (nakweon)

The meaning of each word directly corresponds to that of 천국 (cheonguk)and can be used interchangeably. However, besides the word 하늘나라 (haneulnara), it’s quite rare to see them in casual use.

Besides having the meaning of ‘heaven’, 천국 (cheonguk) also means ‘paradise’.

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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 (the Korean alphabet) is easy to learn. Since it will only take you 90 minutes to learn, we recommend it as one of the tips for learning Korean fast.

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

light from heaven

Standard:

천사들이 천국에 있어요. (cheonsadeuri cheonguke isseoyo).

The angels are in heaven.

어느 날들에는 하늘에 있는 천사들이 웃고 있으면서 세상에 있는 사람들을 봐요. (eonu naldeureneun haneure inneun cheonsadeuri utgo isseumyeonseo sesange inneun saramdeureul bwayo.)

On some days the angels in heaven look at people of the world while smiling.

Informal:

우리 소중한 고양이가 얼마전에 천국에 갔어. (uri sojunghan goyangiga eolmajeone cheonguke kasseo.)

Not long ago, our beloved cat went to heaven.

그 여행은 천당을 맛본것 같았어! (geu yeohaengeun cheondangeul matbongeot kathasseo!)

That trip was like experiencing paradise!

나는 죽어서 하늘나라에 간 기분이야. (naneun jukeoseo haneulnarae gan gibuniya.)

I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven.

There you go! You now know how to say ‘heaven’ in Korean. And not only that, you’ve killed three birds with one stone and learned the words for ‘sky’ and ‘paradise’ in Korean as well! That’s a great addition to your Korean vocabulary if we do say so. What other kinds of sample sentences can you make with them? Let us know in the comments below!

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    2 replies to "How to Say ‘Heaven’ in Korean"

    • Avatar for Adora Adora

      hello
      how do you say “thank you for watching over me from heaven”?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Adora! You can say “천국에서 저를 봐주셔서 감사합니다.” ^^

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