Isn’t it interesting that each country has its own ghost stories and legends? If you’re just starting to learn Korean or you’ve been learning for a while, the chances are that you’ve come across the word ghost. Or, if you like watching Korean movies, then you’ve noticed that there are a lot of Korean ghost types! So if you want to learn how to say ghost in Korean and its types, keep reading below!!
Don’t worry. This blog post isn’t written to scare you. In fact, we’ve purposely omitted some ghost photos because we don’t want to be afraid of either! However, learning the culture, stories, and traditions of the country whose language you’re learning is very important. It can help you gain a deeper understanding of the language and give you a better picture of the country as a whole.
So, let’s get started with some basic facts about Korea and share some Korean words related to ghosts and folklore. After that, we’ll talk about three types of Korean ghosts and then let you know about one of the best language learning apps to use if you want to learn more languages.
Basic Facts About Korea
As you probably already know, Korean is used mainly in Korea! So, first things first, you need to know the basic facts about Korea. Luckily, we’ve made it easy for you. Of course, if you’re interested to learn more about Korea, you can always do additional research.
Remember These Facts About Korea:
- Location: East Asia
- Population: 76 million
- Capital of South Korea: Seoul
- Currency: Won
- Written Language:
- Chosungul: North Korea
- Hangul: South Korea
Now, let’s move on to ghosts in Korean and other related vocabularies.
Scariest Korean Vocabulary To Know
Here are the most important words related to ghosts in Korean to know!
[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]신체[/Speechword]
|Death||jug-eum||죽음||[Speechword voice=”Korean Male” isinline]죽음[/Speechword]|
|Die||jusawi||주사위||[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]주사위[/Speechword]|
|Folklore||minsoghag||민속학||[Speechword voice=”Korean Male” isinline]민속학[/Speechword]|
|Ghost||gwisin (everyday speech) |
yuryeong (literary version)
|[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]귀신 [/Speechword]|
[Speechword voice=”Korean Male” isinline]유령[/Speechword]
|Ghost stories||yulyeong iyagi||유령 이야기||[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]유령 이야기 [/Speechword]|
|Haunt||natanada||나타나다||[Speechword voice=”Korean Male” isinline]나타나다[/Speechword]|
|Haunted||gwisin-i deullin||귀신이 들린||[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]귀신이 들린[/Speechword]|
|Legend||jeonseol||전설||[Speechword voice=”Korean Male” isinline]전설[/Speechword]|
|Life||salm||삶||[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]삶[/Speechword]|
|Myth||sinhwa||신화||[Speechword voice=”Korean Male” isinline]신화[/Speechword]|
|Possessed||soyu||소유||[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]소유[/Speechword]|
|Roam||baehoehada||배회하다||[Speechword voice=”Korean Male” isinline]배회하다[/Speechword]|
|Soul||yeonghon||영혼||[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]영혼[/Speechword]|
|Spirits||jujeong||주정||[Speechword voice=”Korean Male” isinline]주정[/Speechword]|
|Spooky||yulyeong gat-eun||유령 같은||[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]유령 같은[/Speechword]|
We’re sure that now you’ll be able to understand some words the next time you watch a Korean horror movie!
Korean Ghost #1: Nine-Tailed Fox (Gumiho)
This wouldn’t be a blog post about ghosts in Korean if we didn’t talk about some ghost stories, right? So, let’s begin.
The nine-tailed fox (gumiho) is a creature that typically shows up in folktales originating from Korea, China, and Japan. A gumiho is a fox that’s lived for a thousand years that is able to turn into a fox spirit and shape-shift freely. However, most take the form of a beautiful young girl and use their looks to seduce and eat men.
Korean Ghost Story: The Fox Sister
“The Fox Sister” is a legend that tells the story of a couple with two sons who wish so badly to have a daughter, even if she were a fox. Finally, they have a daughter, but the story soon takes a turn for the worst. The family’s livestock mysteriously starts dying, but the parents don’t believe their sons when they accuse the daughter.
After making that accusation, the sons are told to leave the house. When they return, the parents are gone, and they only find the daughter in the house. That night, the oldest soon wakes up to find that the daughter is a gumiho and has eaten the entire family in hopes of becoming a real human.
Entertaining, right? Let’s go on to the second ghost!
Korean Ghost #2: Egg Ghost (Dalgyal Gwishin)
The Egg ghost (dalgyal gwishin) is one of the scariest-looking ghosts, but we’ve spared you the fear by not including a photo in this blog post. If you’re interested, you can always search on your own.
A dalgyal gwishin is a faceless, oftentimes emotionless ghost. Since they are thought to have been childless in their previous life, they have no relatives to hold memorial rites for them. Over time, they are stripped of their humanity and personality and are left to live a wretched existence.
While they don’t physically harm others through touch or torment, they cause instant death to anyone who sees them.
Korean Ghost #3: Water Ghost (Mul Gwishin)
Water ghosts (mul gwishin) are ghosts that live in the water, typically victims of accidental drownings. Oftentimes, these ghosts haven’t realized that they’ve died and kept asking other swimmers for help. But, by tugging on them for help, they end up repeating the same fate onto another person.
While we’ve only mentioned 3 Korean ghosts here, don’t let your education come to an end! You can learn more about Korean ghosts or Korean ghost stories on your own.
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