In this Korean lesson, we will take you through the ropes of how to say ‘park’ in Korean. Though many cities in South Korea, especially Seoul, are referred to as concrete jungles, there are surprisingly large number of small – and big – parks hidden away in different neighborhoods, and in just a few minutes you’ll know just how to refer to them. And what about other types of places with ‘park’ in their name such as amusement parks? You’ll also learn whether the same word applies to them or not!
The 80/20* of How to Say ‘Park’ in Korean
공원 – park (gongwon)
How to remember (association):
“Gong once if you want to go to the Park.” (공원 / gongwon)
*80/20 Pareto Principle – The 20% you should learn that will give you 80% of the results.
‘Park’ in Korean
The word for how to say park in Korean is 공원 (gongwon). No matter which type of a park you are talking about – a regular one, an amusement park, a zoo, and so on – this is what you add after the word that denotes the type of park.
However, when you are referring to famous parks from other countries besides South Korea, such as Central Park, instead of the word 공원 you should use the word 파크 (pakeu). This is the Konglish form of the word park and it is not used in Korean outside of the names of these worldwide famous parks.
To remember the Korean word 공원 we can create an association in English. Associations can be any similar sounding words or images that help you remember the meaning, in this case ‘park’.
We’ll create an association in English that sounds similar to the Hangeul. It kind of sounds like gong once (the verb form of ‘gong’ as in ‘to strike a gong’).
“Gong once if you want to go to the Park.”
If you don’t like this association you can also make your own. What associations did you think of to remember 공원? Let us know in the comments below!
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?
한국에서 국립공원을 몇개 있으세요? (hangugeseo gungnipgongwoneul myeotgae isseuseyo?)
How many national parks are there in Korea?
우리집은 어린이공원 서쪽에 있어요. (urijibeun eorinigongwon seojjoge isseoyo.)
Our home is on the West side of Children’s Grand Park.
매아침 공원에서 산책을 해요. (maeachim gongwoneseo sanchaegeul haeyo.)
I go for a walk in the park every morning.
아프리카에 갔었을때 야생 동물 보호 지역도 가봤어요? (apeurikae gasseosseulttae yasaeng dongmul boho jiyeokdo gabwasseoyo?)
When you were in Africa did you also visit a wildlife park?
미래에서는 생태 공원을 조성하고 싶어요. (miraeeseoneun saengtae gongwoneul joseonghago sipeoyo.)
In the future I want to make an ecological park.
센트럴 파크에 가본적 있어? (senteureol pakeue gabonjeok isseo?)
Have you ever been to the Central Park?
놀이공원이나 동물공원에 갈래? (norigongwonina dongmulgongwone gallae?)
Would you like to go to an amusement park or the zoo?
우리 고향집 바로 옆에 쉴 만한 공원 있어. (uri gohyangjip baro yeope swil manhan gongwon isseo.)
There is a park that’s a great place to relax in right next to my hometown home.
Are you ready for a walk in the 공원 now? What words would you like to learn next? Let us know in the comments below!
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