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How to Say ‘Umbrella’ in Korean

Oh no, it’s raining outside today! Maybe you’d like to tell your friend to remember to bring an umbrella? Or perhaps you were caught in the rain and are now browsing a store, finding the need to ask the cashier where the umbrellas are?

Possibly you already know how to say ‘umbrella’ in Korean but are looking to learn how to describe a parasol?

If you’re hoping to learn how to say ‘umbrella’ in Korean, or any other words in Korean, then you’re in luck because teaching you Korean is what we’re all about!

A little girl running in a field with a colorful umbrella

‘Umbrella’ in Korean

How to say ‘umbrella’ in Korean? The answer is a simple 우산 (usan).

If you want to say you are opening an umbrella, the basic form to use is 우산을 펴다 (usaneul phyeoda). If you want to say you are closing an umbrella, the basic form to use is 우산을 접다 (usaneul jeobda). If you want to say you are using an umbrella, the basic form to use is 우산을 쓰다 (usaneul sseuda).

beach umbrella

Now, what about ‘parasol’ in Korean? If you want to take the easy way, then you can simply use 파라솔 (parasol). However, if you want to show off your great Korean skills a bit more, you might want to instead use the word 양산 (yangsan), though please note that a little bit of Konglish in this situation will do you no harm. Similarly to a regular umbrella, if you want to say you are closing a parasol, the basic form to use is 파라솔 접다. However, if you want to say that you are putting up the parasol, the form you are looking for is 파라솔을 치다 (parasoreul chida). However, in the same instance, you can also use 양산을 펴다 (yangsaneul phyeoda). Note that parasol also equals to beach umbrella in Korean.

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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?

Sample Sentences

colorful umbrellas


우산을 집에 두고 왔어요 (usaneul jibe dugo wasseoyo)

I left my umbrella at home.


오늘 비가 올거라서 꼭 우산을 챙겨 나와! (oneul biga olgeoraso kkok usaneul chaengyeo nawa!)

They said it would rain today, so don’t forget to take your umbrella before leaving home!

내 칵테일은 귀여운 파라솔로 장식되었어 (nae kakteireun gwiyeoun parasollo jangshikdwaeeosseo)

My cocktail was decorated with a cute parasol

Now that you know how to say “umbrella” you don’t have to worry about getting drenched in the rain! Are there words you’re wondering how to say in Korean? Let us know in the comments below what word you’d like us to cover next! Maybe we’ll cover your request in our next post.

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