Korean Sight Words: 25+ Incredible Vocabulary To Express What You See

Korean Sight Words

It is hard to tell which of the senses is more important – we never want to imagine ourselves without one of them – but sight is for sure one of the most important ones for me. I’m lucky enough to have traveled a lot in my lifetime, and I’ve seen places that you can only absorb and realize the immense beauty of our world by seeing them through your own eyes. You may want to learn a few Korean sight words that will help express what you see to others!

Do you know the feeling of being speechless? Koreans call it 말 못하는 (mal moshaneun), and it was a feeling I got when I first stepped foot in Korea for the first time. I had just arrived from peaceful and calm Thailand, and I was faced with the exciting and action-packed city of Seoul!

I couldn’t believe my eyes and wanted a way to express my excitement and what I saw to other local people. I was alone, and I wanted to connect with them; I wanted to make friends! Rapidly I went home and looked up the translation for the word “beautiful.” In a heartbeat, I started saying 아름다운 (aleumdaun), to which locals would start smiling and eventually laughing, probably making fun of my incredibly terrible Korean accent.

Five-senses in Korean

Nevertheless, I discovered a word that allowed me to express myself during my stay in Korea (because, let’s be honest, Korea is a very 아름다운 (aleumdaun) country, so much that I was constantly saying this word). Following this little word came many other common words in Korean that I intend to teach you in this article, and possibly help you not only learn a new language but also look good in front of locals and possibly make some new friends and get some smiles! It always feels good when a local compliments you when you speak their language!

These are not the most basic Korean words, and there are other much simpler ones that maybe you should check out on our blog and learn before diving into this somewhat more challenging vocabulary. In our blog, there’s also much more information about the Korean language, like how to say numbers in Korean, how to say your name in Korean, or how many Korean words you need to be fluent, so don’t forget to head there and check it out!

Coming back to our topic, let’s look at some words about sight in Korean to expand your knowledge of this beautiful language.

How To Say Sight And Other Senses In Korean

First, let’s have a look at how Koreans say the simple Korean words of sight and other senses. 오감 (ogam). The five-senses in Korean, are composed of 시력 (silyeog), or sight, 접촉 (jeobchog), or touch, 미각 (migag), or taste, 후각 (hugag), or smell, and 청각 (cheong-gag), or hearing.

Sight in Korean

Sight-Related Vocabulary In Korean

As I said above, sometimes I’m speechless when I see something so beautiful that I don’t have the words to describe it. However, there are lots of words we can use on those occasions, both good and bad, related to how we see things: if they are beautiful or ugly, bright or dark, colorful or pale, there are lots of vocabulary we can learn and use to describe what our eyes are transmitting to our brain.

In the following table are the most common Korean words related to how we see things in the world. If you want to learn how to pronounce them, hit the little blue play button and practice your speech in Korean.

Korean (hangul)Korean (Translation)EnglishPronunciation
아름다운aleumdaunBeautiful
아주 멋진aju meosjinGorgeous
못생긴mos-saeng-ginUgly
분명한bunmyeonghanClear
밝은balg-eunBright
흐린heulinFoggy
눈이 먼nun-i meonBlind
끔찍한kkeumjjighanHorrible
전망jeonmangVision
시력silyeogSight
안경angyeongGlasses
색안경saeg-angyeongSunglasses
어두운eoduunDark
화려한hwalyeohanColourful
흐리게heuligeBlurred
근시geunsiMyopic
색맹saegmaengColorblind
단색화dansaeghwaMonochrome
색깔saegkkalColor
검은색geom-eunsaegBlack
하얀hayanWhite
콘텍트 렌즈kontegteu lenjeuContact Lenses
nunEyes
안과 의사angwa uisaOphthalmologist
속눈썹sognunsseobEyelashes
눈썹nunsseobEyebrows
굉장히 멋진goengjanghi meosjinStunning
감동적인gamdongjeog-inImpressive
학생hagsaengPupil
망막mangmagRetina

Furthermore, let’s have a look at some common Korean verbs that we use in our everyday life about our sight.

Korean (Hangul)Korean (translation)EnglishPronunciation
보다bodaTo see
보기 위해bogi wihaeTo watch
장님에게jangnim-egeTo blind
관찰하다gwanchalhadaTo observe
확인하다hwag-inhadaTo identify
검사하다geomsahadaTo inspect
보기 위해bogi wihaeTo look
Example Phrase in Korean

Korean Sight Words And Phrases – Examples

Now that we know how to say many words related to how we see the world, it is time to see how some of these words are used in real-life conversations. Thus, the following table is a series of sentences using these words.

Korean (Hangul)Korean (translation)EnglishPronunciation
이거 정말 아름답다!igeo jeongmal aleumdabda!It is so beautiful!
내 눈을 믿을 수가 없어!nae nun-eul mid-eul suga eobs-eo!I can’t believe my eyes!
안경 없이는 아무것도 볼 수 없습니다.angyeong eobs-ineun amugeosdo bol su eobs-seubnida.I can’t see anything without my glasses.
방금 안과에서 왔습니다.bang-geum angwa-eseo wassseubnida.I just came from the Ophthalmologist.
당신은 색맹입니까?dangsin-eun saegmaeng-ibnikka?Are you colorblind?
공기가 너무 밝고 맑아서 계곡 전체가 보입니다!gong-giga neomu balg-go malg-aseo gyegog jeonchega boibnida!The air is so bright and clear I can see the whole valley!
서울은 정말 다채로운 도시입니다.seoul-eun jeongmal dachaeloun dosiibnida.Seoul is such a colourful city.
미안해, 나는 눈이 멀었어.mianhae, naneun nun-i meol-eoss-eo.I’m sorry, I’m blind.
내 선글라스 줄 수 있어?nae seongeullaseu jul su iss-eo?Can you give me my sunglasses?
나는 그 장소가 마음에 들지 않았다. 추악합니다.naneun geu jangsoga ma-eum-e deulji anh-assda. chuaghabnida.I didn’t like that place. It is just ugly.
나는 안경을 쓰지 않고 콘택트 렌즈를 착용합니다.naneun angyeong-eul sseuji anhgo kontaegteu lenjeuleul chag-yonghabnida.I don’t wear glasses, I wear contact lenses.
나는 완벽한 시력을 가지고 있습니다!naneun wanbyeoghan silyeog-eul gajigo issseubnida!I have perfect vision!
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