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10+ Popular Flowers In Korean And Their Meanings

September 6, 2022
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While binge-watching K-dramas like Goblin, have you noticed how important flowers in Korean culture are? Today, let's talk about flowers in Korean 꽃 (Kkot).

It's amazing how flowers can symbolize something for Koreans. In Crash Landing On You, the edelweiss given by Captain Ri to Se-ri symbolizes courage. The buckwheat flower given by the Goblin Kim Shin to Eun-tak means a lover, and the evening primrose gifted to Goo Chan-Sung in Hotel del Luna symbolizes youth, eternal love, and memory.

In this blog, we will learn Korean flower names and Korean words, and Korean phrases related to flowers. If you are still new to the Korean alphabet or the Korean language itself, do not worry because there is an English translation in every Korean word mentioned. You can also start learning Korean with Ling App and see how it can make magic happen.

 

How To Say Flower In The Korean Language

Flower in korean

꽃 (Kkot) - Flowers

Before anything else, the first thing that we should learn is how to say flower in Korean. The Korean word for flower is 꽃 (Kkot). As you may have seen, the word ends with (with the "t" sound). This means that when you combine it with an object or a noun that denotes particles, you'll say 꽃을 (kkocheul) or 꽃이 (kkochi).

If you're a beginner, it's not easy to read Korean at first. But, as soon as you have understood the Korean writing system and the pronunciation of every word, you'll realize that Korean is indeed an easy language to learn compared to other East Asian languages like Chinese and Japanese. So, why not learn Hangeul today?

 

Flowers In South Korea

South Korea is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places, especially during the spring and autumn seasons. Some say that these are the best time to visit South Korea, especially if you want to see flowers blooming or the cherry blossoms 벚꽃 (Beotkkot) during beautiful autumn foliage.

As mentioned above, flowers have a significant role in Korean culture. It is used on special occasions like celebrations and memorials. Since growing flowers isn't that hard because of the weather in South Korea, flowers it's no surprise that flowers have always been part of their lives. So, here is a complete list of common flowers in Korean:

1. 무궁화 (Mugunghwa)

English Translation: Rose of Sharon or Hibiscus Syriacus

무궁화 (Mugunghwa)

Let's start the list of flowers in Korean culture with South Korea's national flower - Hibiscus Syriacus or the Rose of Sharon (무궁화 Mugunghwa). It is a pink-mauve single flower with dark magenta eyes.

For the Korean series Squid Game fans, you might have heard this because of the song “The Mugunghwa Flower Is Blooming.” There's also a train that runs in South Korea bearing the name of their national flower. The Rose of Sharon (궁화 Mugunghwa) symbolizes everlasting life.

2. 벚꽃 (Beotkkot)

English Translation: Cherry Blossoms / Cherry Blossom Trees

cherry blossom in korea

When we talk about flowers in Korean, it's impossible not to talk about cherry blossoms. Many iconic romantic K-drama scenes have the presence of cherry blossom that makes everything so romantic. Every April, cherry blossoms bloom down the street, creating a scene that appears exactly like the romance scenes in Korean dramas.

Although cherry blossom is mostly associated with Japan, the blooming of cherry blossoms marks the beginning of spring's arrival in South Korea. There are lots of places in South Korea where you can enjoy cherry blossoms, like in Jinhae during the Jinhae Gunhangje Festival, in Hwagae during the Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival, and of course, in Winter Sonata's Nami Island (Chuncheon).

3. 장미 (Jangmi)

English Translation: Rose

장미 (Jangmi) rose in korean

Roses 장미 (jangmi) are commonly associated with love and romance. It is often gifted as a sign of love or appreciation to someone. But, roses have different meanings according to colors for Koreans. The orange rose symbolizes first love, the pink rose symbolizes happiness or lovers, and the red rose means passionate love.

4. 해바라기 (Haebaragi)

English Translation: Sunflower

해바라기 (Haebaragi) girasol

Like the name itself, sunflower 해바라기 (haebaragi) symbolizes happiness because it helps brighten someone's mood. For the best view of sunflowers, do not forget to visit Gangwon Province in Guwau Village, the city of Taebaek, during the month of August. You can also experience the Taebaek Sunflower Festival that is being held between July 24 to August 16.

5. 생사초 (Saengsacho)

English Translation: Resurrection Plant (Pyrenean Violet)

생사초 (Saengsacho) flowers in korean

This is the flower that you wouldn't want to be found easily for every Kingdom fan. This is a rare purple flower that is said to have the power to bring back the dead to life in the form of mindless, bloodthirsty zombies. But of course, this is all just part of the story.

In reality, the so-called resurrection plant is called Pyrenean violet. It is a kind of violet (제비꽃 jebikkot) flower famous in South Korea. Just like what is mentioned in the series Kingdom, Pyrenean violet survives in its naturally cold habitat, but it can never turn someone into a zombie in reality.

8. 매화 (Maehwa)

English Translation: Plum Blossom

매화 (Maehwa) plum korean flowers

In Korea, plum blossoms are also regarded as one of the first signs of spring. Plum blossoms have a soft and wonderful appeal as a dazzlingly beautiful Korean spring flower. The delicate white or pink petals with golden stamens create a wonderful harmony. Plum blossom is best viewed by the tourists in Gwangyang village during mid to late March.

9. 산수유 (Sansuyu)

English Translation: Cornelian Cherry Flower

산수유 (Sansuyu) flowers in korean

The Cornelian cherry flower is one of the famous flowers in Korean culture because it blooms everywhere during springtime. This bright yellow-colored flower means immortality. Koreans also use this in making medicine, tea, and more. Suppose you want to see the beauty of the Cornelian cherry flower. In that case, you can visit Gurye, Yangpyeong in the months of July to September or attend the Gurye Sansuyu Festival and Yangpyeong Sansuyu Hanwoo Festival.

10. 유채꽃 (Yuchaekkot)

English Translation: Rapeseed flower (Canola Flower)

유채꽃 (Yuchaekkot) korean flower

Rapeseed flower is called the queen of Jeju island during the spring season. This flower can turn Jeju Island into a beautiful and romantic scene that relieves stress and makes you feel so wonderful. There are different festivals held for rapeseed flower, and one of them is the Jeju Canola Flower Festival (제주유채꽃축제 jejuyuchaekkotchukje). If you wanna experience it by yourself, you can visit Jejudo, Daejeo, or Guri from late March to early May.

 

Other Flowers In Korean

Korean
(Hangul)
RomanizationEnglish Translation
베고니아begoniabegonia
동백꽃dongbaekkkotcamellia
nanorchid
수선화suseonhwadaffodil
개나리gaenarigolden bell tree (forsythia)
해바라기haebaragisunflower
양귀비yangwibipoppy
튤립thyullibtulip
진달래jindallaeazalea
제비꽃jebikkotviolet
백합baekhablily

 

Vocabulary Related To Flowers In Korean

Korean
(Hangul)
RomanizationEnglish Translation
식물sigmulplant
정원jeongwongarden
꽃밭kkotbatflower garden
꽃 한 다발kkot han dabala bunch of flowers
꽃꽃이kkotkkochia flower arrangement
꽃다발kkotdabalflower bouquet
화분hwabunflower pot
꽃향기kkocchyanggithe smell of flowers
나는 너한테 꽃을 좀 꺾었어.naneun neohanthe kkocheul jom kkyeokkeosseo.I picked up some flowers for you.
올해는 꽃들이 일찍 피었어요.orhaeneun kkotdeuri iljjik phieosseoyo.The flowers bloomed early this year.
오늘은 화초를 심을게요.oneureun hwachoreul shimeulgeyo.I will plant the flowers today.

 

Flower Meanings In K-dramas

FlowersKorean
(Hangul)
MeaningK-Drama Reference
Anemone아네모네
anemone
Betrayal and Helpless Love, LonelinessBackstreet Rookie
Aster과꽃
gwakkoch
Precious memoriesThe Great Seducer
Baby’s Breath아기의 숨결 꽃
agiui sumgyeol kkoch
Pure, eternal loveWinter Sonata
Bindweed Flower메꽃
mekkoch
Drawn in slowly and deeplyCheat On Me, If You Can
Bridal wreath신부 화환
sinbu hwahwan
Love Affairs in the AfternoonTrue Beauty
Buckwheat Flower메밀꽃
memilkkoch
LoverGoblin
Camellia동백꽃 꽃말
dongbaekkkot kkoccmal
I love you more than anyone elseItaewon Class
China Pink패랭이꽃
paeraengikkot
RejectionBackstreet Rookie
Christmas Rose크리스마스 장미
keuliseumaseu jangmi
I have nothing to give youUncontrollably Fond
Chrysanthemum국화
guk-hwa chrysanthemum
My feelings are sincereHer Private Life
Cistus시스투스
siseutuseu
I Will Die TomorrowLove in Sadness
Cosmos코스모스
koseumoseu
I Love You20th Century Boy and Girl
Cotton Flower목화 꽃
moghwa kkoch
Maternal loveGoblin
Dahlia달리아
dallia
Your Love Makes Me HappyTale of the Nine-Tailed
Delphinium델피늄
delpinyum
I Will Make You HappyThe King: Eternal Monarch
Edelweiss에델바이스
edelbaiseu
CourageCrash Landing On You
Evening Primrose달맞이꽃
dalmaj-ikkoch
MemoryHotel Del Luna
Forsythia개나리
gaenari
A deeper loveTouch Your Heart
Freesia프리지아
peurijia
New BeginningGood Witch
Globe Amaranth글로브 아마란스
geullobeu amalanseu
Captivating and Unchanging LoveMove To Heaven
Hibiscus히비스커스
hibiseukeoseu
Noble friendshipBackstreet Rookie
Hyacinth

Purple Hyacinth
White Hyacinth
히아신스
hiasinseu
Humble love

Purple Hyacinth - Sorry

White Hyacinth - I’m sorry. Please forgive me.
Move To Heaven

Fluttering Warning
18 Again
Hydrangea
(Red Hydrangea)
수국 sugugI Love YouDevilish Joy
Lily of the Valley은방울꽃
eunbangulkkocc
Return To HappinessBoys Over Flowers
Lisianthus리시안셔스
risiansyeoseu
Unchanging LoveLovestruck in the City
Marigold금잔화
geumjanhwa
Sad Goodbye/Love / Happiness Coming One DayHere Comes Love
Protea프로테아
peulotea
Gratitude, Thanks, and Sending Sweet LoveMystery Queen
Rosa multiflora (Wild rose)찔레꽃
jjillekkot
Longing for family, love between sistersPrison Playbook
Rose장미
jangmi
Blue Rose - Miracle

Green Rose - A Noble Love That Only Exists In Heaven


Orange Rose - First Love

Pink Rose - Happiness/Lovers

Light Pink Rose - Only You Know How I Feel


Red Rose - Passion /Passionate Love

White Rose - Respect, Purity

Red & White Rose - Making up
When My Love Blooms
Stock Flower스톡 플라워
seutog peullawo
Forever BeautifulHer Private Life (2019)
Tea Bush Flower차 덤불 꽃
cha deombul kkoch
MemoriesThe Legend of the Blue Sea
Trumpet Creeper
Campsis radicans
능소화
neungsohwa
WaitExtraordinary You
Tulip튤립
thyullib
Red Tulip - Confession of Love

White Tulip - Lost Love, Forgiveness, Broken Heart


Yellow Tulip - Unrequited love/Vain Love
Hospital Playlist 2; Record of Youth
Zinnia백일초
baeg-ilcho
Longing desire, remembranceMouse

 

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