How to Say “House” in Korean

Last Updated on November 26, 2021 by 90 Day Korean
How to say 'house' in Korean

Have you ever wondered what a Korean House is called?  Knowing how to say “house” in Korean is very useful as you will probably need to use this word daily in Korea.

Picture of a big house with green plants in front

In this article, we’re going to be telling you the Korean word for “house” as well as other useful vocabulary words related to it. Let’s go!

“House” in Korean

The word for “house” in Korean is 집 (jip).

How to Say 집 (jip) in Korean

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Sample Sentences

Example (Formal):

김 선생님 댁이 맞습니까? (gim seonsaengnim daegi matseumnikka)

Is this Mr. Kim’s house?

Example (Standard):

집 근처에 극장이 있어요? (jip geuncheoe geukjangi isseoyo)

Is there a cinema near your house?

Example (Informal):

파티는 우리 집에서 열릴 거야 (patineun uri jibeseo yeollil geoya)

The party will be at my house.

Korean House vs. Home

There is a difference between “house” and “home” in English,  but such a distinction isn’t made in Korean. If you want to say “I’m going home”, you can use the Korean word 집 (jip).

If you want to say “my house,” then instead of using 제 (je) or 내 (nae) for my, you can use 우리 (uri). Usually, 우리 (uri) means “our,” but it can mean “my” when referring to your home.

House in Korean

Meaning of 댁 (daek)

Some words in Korean have a special honorific form. This means that if you are referring to someone higher than you in the social hierarchy (like a boss or a grandparent), you should use the honorific form of the word. “House” is one of these special honorific words. The honorific term for “house” is 댁 (daek).

If you want to talk about your grandfather’s house or talk to a really old person and want to talk about their house, you should say 댁 (daek).

Never use 댁 (daek) to refer to your own house.

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A Word of Caution About Romanization

Although you could learn the Korean words in this article by reading the Romanized versions of them, in everyday Korean life, you will need to know how to read them in Hangeul. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet and is very easy to learn. You learn it in just 90 minutes.

Once you know Hangeul, you will start to recognize the different types of shops and stores on the street, and Korea will seem more like your home than it did before. If you are serious about learning Korean, then start by learning Hangeul. In fact, why not learn Hangeul today?

Types of Korean Homes

Most Koreans don’t live in a detached, American-style house. Instead, they often live in apartment blocks, especially in Korea’s main cities.

Types of houses in Korea

Here are some special words for the houses that people live in:

아파트  (apateu): An apartment / a large block of apartments.

빌라  (billa): A large detached house, between three and seven floors high, that contains multiple apartments.

주택 (jutaek): A detached house / bungalow

오피스텔 (opiseutel): A large building that has a mix of residential apartments and offices.

고시원 (gosiwon): A small room that students can live in a while studying.

기숙사 (gisuksa): A dormitory / hall of residence

Vocabulary Words for House

Here are some sample vocabulary words related to “House.”

EnglishHangeul (Romanization)
address주소 (juso)
bathroom 화장실 (hwajangsil)
bed 침대 (chimdae)
bedroom침실 (chimsil)
blanket담요 (damyo)
doorbell초인종 (choinjong)
floor바닥 (badak)
housewarming party집들이 (jipdeuri)
kitchen부엌 (bueok)
living room거실 (geosil)
postal code 우편 번호 (upyeon beonho)
toilet 변기 (byeongi)
wall벽 (byeok)
wardrobe 옷장 (otjang)
window 창문 (changmun)

Rooms in a House

Bathroom in Korean 

can mean bathroom in Korean. This word usually refers to the room where the toilet is. However, if you’re referring to the room with the tub or shower, you can say 욕실 (yokshil), 목욕실 (mokyokshil) or 목욕탕 (mokyokthang) instead.  More on this in our article on How To Say ‘Bathroom’ In Korean.

Bedroom in Korean

literally means bedroom in Korean. It combines the Korean word for bed which is 침대 (chimdae) and the suffix -실 (- shil) which indicates that something is a room.  Can’t remember the word 침실 (chimsil)? Check out our article on How to Say Bedroom in Korean for amazing associations to help you remember the word.

Kitchen in Korean

is probably everyone’s favorite room of the house. It means kitchen in Korean. You use the word 부엌 (bueok) to describe a traditional type of kitchen. This word is used by most older generations.  However, for modern kitchens (including the kitchen in a restaurant), you can use the word 주방 (jubang). You can check out our article How To Say ‘Kitchen’ In Korean for sample sentences using these words.

Living Room in Korean

is the living room in Korean. It’s usually the place where families gather together for leisure. The 거실 (geosil) is usually a spacious room located at the front of the house which contains things for entertaining guests like the TV.

What is a Postal code in Korean?

우편 번호 (upyeon beonho) is Postal Code in Korean. These are 5 – 6 digit codes that are added to postal addresses of houses to assist the sorting of mail.

Now that you know how to say ‘house’ in Korean, you can invite your friends and practice speaking Korean even more. Impress them with everything you know about Korea!

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