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[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]아름다운[/Speechword]
아주 멋진aju meosjinGorgeous[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]아주 멋진[/Speechword]
못생긴mos-saeng-ginUgly[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]못생긴[/Speechword]
분명한bunmyeonghanClear[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]분명한[/Speechword]
밝은balg-eunBright[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]밝은[/Speechword]
흐린heulinFoggy[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]흐린[/Speechword]
눈이 먼nun-i meonBlind[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]눈이 먼[/Speechword]
끔찍한kkeumjjighanHorrible[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]끔찍한[/Speechword]
전망jeonmangVision[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]전망[/Speechword]
시력silyeogSight[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]시력[/Speechword]
안경angyeongGlasses[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]안경[/Speechword]
색안경saeg-angyeongSunglasses[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]색안경[/Speechword]
어두운eoduunDark[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]어두운[/Speechword]
화려한hwalyeohanColourful[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]화려한[/Speechword]
흐리게heuligeBlurred[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]흐리게[/Speechword]
근시geunsiMyopic[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]근시[/Speechword]
색맹saegmaengColorblind[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]색맹[/Speechword]
단색화dansaeghwaMonochrome[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]단색화[/Speechword]
색깔saegkkalColor[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]색깔[/Speechword]
검은색geom-eunsaegBlack[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]검은색[/Speechword]
하얀hayanWhite[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]하얀[/Speechword]
콘텍트 렌즈kontegteu lenjeuContact Lenses[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]콘텍트 렌즈[/Speechword]
nunEyes[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]눈[/Speechword]
안과 의사angwa uisaOphthalmologist[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]안과 의사[/Speechword]
속눈썹sognunsseobEyelashes[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]속눈썹[/Speechword]
눈썹nunsseobEyebrows[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]눈썹[/Speechword]
굉장히 멋진goengjanghi meosjinStunning[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]굉장히 멋진[/Speechword]
감동적인gamdongjeog-inImpressive[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]감동적인[/Speechword]
학생hagsaengPupil[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]학생[/Speechword]
망막mangmagRetina[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]망막[/Speechword]

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[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]보다[/Speechword]
보기 위해bogi wihaeTo watch[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]보기 위해[/Speechword]
장님에게jangnim-egeTo blind[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]장님에게[/Speechword]
관찰하다gwanchalhadaTo observe[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]관찰하다[/Speechword]
확인하다hwag-inhadaTo identify[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]확인하다[/Speechword]
검사하다geomsahadaTo inspect[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]검사하다[/Speechword]
보기 위해bogi wihaeTo look[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]보기 위해[/Speechword]
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![Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]이거 정말 아름답다![/Speechword]
내 눈을 믿을 수가 없어!nae nun-eul mid-eul suga eobs-eo!I can’t believe my eyes![Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]내 눈을 믿을 수가 없어![/Speechword]
안경 없이는 아무것도 볼 수 없습니다.angyeong eobs-ineun amugeosdo bol su eobs-seubnida.I can’t see anything without my glasses.[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]안경 없이는 아무것도 볼 수 없습니다.[/Speechword]
방금 안과에서 왔습니다.bang-geum angwa-eseo wassseubnida.I just came from the Ophthalmologist.[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]방금 안과에서 왔습니다.[/Speechword]
당신은 색맹입니까?dangsin-eun saegmaeng-ibnikka?Are you colorblind?[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]당신은 색맹입니까?[/Speechword]
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![Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]공기가 너무 밝고 맑아서 계곡 전체가 보입니다![/Speechword]
서울은 정말 다채로운 도시입니다.seoul-eun jeongmal dachaeloun dosiibnida.Seoul is such a colourful city.[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]서울은 정말 다채로운 도시입니다.[/Speechword]
미안해, 나는 눈이 멀었어.mianhae, naneun nun-i meol-eoss-eo.I’m sorry, I’m blind.[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]미안해, 나는 눈이 멀었어.[/Speechword]
내 선글라스 줄 수 있어?nae seongeullaseu jul su iss-eo?Can you give me my sunglasses?[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]내 선글라스 줄 수 있어?[/Speechword]
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.[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]나는 그 장소가 마음에 들지 않았다. 추악합니다.[/Speechword]
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.[Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]나는 안경을 쓰지 않고 콘택트 렌즈를 착용합니다.[/Speechword]
나는 완벽한 시력을 가지고 있습니다!naneun wanbyeoghan silyeog-eul gajigo issseubnida!I have perfect vision![Speechword voice=”Korean Female” isinline]나는 완벽한 시력을 가지고 있습니다![/Speechword]
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