How To Say ‘Tree’ In Korean

It’s a nice day outside, so you decide to go out for a walk in the forest. You look around and see trees to your left, trees to your right, trees behind you and trees in front of you.

Having recently been caught up in studying new Korean words, your mind immediately begins to ask you how to say ‘tree’ in Korean. Perhaps you already know it? If not, then this is the lesson to read!

A piece of land filled with big, thick trees

‘Tree’ in Korean

The most common and simplest way for how to say ‘tree’ in Korean is 나무 (namu). Especially if you are only talking about one tree in question, 나무(namu) is the word to use. However, sometimes when you are talking about a group of trees, you may also want to refer to them as 수목 (sumok). For example, if you are talking about the trees in a forest.

Occasionally, you can also refer to ‘wood’ as 나무 (namu). For example, if you want to express that something was made of wood, this is the word you will use. You can also refer to firewood with this word.

Palm trees

오크나무 – okheunamu | Oak tree

나무 상자 – namu sangja | A wooden box

나무 그늘 – namu geuneul | The shade of a tree

수목으로 덮인 – sumogeuro deophin | tree-covered

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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 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?

Head over here to get a guide that will teach you using fun associations and stories.

Sample Sentences


우리 가족은 오늘 새로운 나무를 심을거에요. (uri gajokeun oneul saeroun namureul shimeulgeoeyo.)

Our family will plant a new tree today.

그 나무를 최근에 자르게 되었어요. (geu namureul cwhoegeune jareuge doeeosseoyo.)

That tree got cut recently.

우리는 나무를 사이로 난 길을 따라갔어요.(urineun namureul sairo nan gireul ddaragasseoyo.)

We followed a path between the trees.  

우리 집에서 있는 가구들이 거의 다 나무로 만들어졌네요. (uri jibeseo inneun gagudeuri geoi da namuro mandeureojyeonneyo.)

Almost all the furniture in our home is made of wood.

이 나무는 오랜 많은 것을 견뎌냈어요. (i namuneun oraen manheun geoseul gyeondyeonaesseoyo.)

This tree has survived a lot for many years.

공원에는 수목이 울창했어요. (gongwhoneneun sumogi ulchanghaesseoyo.)

There were densely packed trees in the park.


그 나무 밑에서 잠깐 쇠자. (geu namu mitheseo jamggan swija.)

Let’s take a short rest under that tree.

Next time you’re out for a walk with your Korean friend, how about trying to describe the nature around you to your friend? You can totally do that now and your friend will be so impressed!

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