List of English words of Korean origin

Words of Korean origin have entered other languages, including English.

Words that appear in at least some English dictionaries

Bulgogi: from 불고기, thin strips of marinated beef
Chisanbop: from 지산법 (指算法)
Gook: from hanguk (한국, 韓國) meaning Korea or miguk (미국, 美國) meaning United States. Offensive term for an East Asian originated by US soldiers during the Korean War.
Kimchi: from 김치, spicy vegetable dish, usually cabbage or radish fermented with chili and salt. The phrase "in deep kimchi" is sometimes used to describe a person in a perilous situation.
Kisaeng: from 기생 (妓生), female Korean entertainers
Korea: from Goryeo (고려, 高麗), a historic dynasty of Korea (see Names of Korea)
Sijo: from 시조 (時調), a modern term for a Korean style of lyrical poetry
Taekwondo: from 태권도 (胎拳道), a globally-popular sport and martial art
Hwabyeong: from 화병 (火病), a kind of mental illness

Words that do not appear in dictionaries but may be well known

Bibimbap: from 비빔밥, white rice mixed with vegetables, beef, and chili paste
Chobo: from 초보 (初步), a novice, especially in Internet gaming
Gosu: from 고수 (高手), a person with great skill, especially in Internet gaming
Hantavirus: from 한탄강 (漢灘江), the Hantan River
Janggi: from 장기 (將棋), variant of Chinese chess
Kalbi: from 갈비, BBQ marinated beef ribs
Soju: from 소주 (燒酒), Korean Liquor similar to Vodka
Kimbap:from 김밥, Korean "Californian style" rice roll.
Muk-Chi-Ba: from 묵찌빠, a Korean variant of the game 'rock-paper-scissors'
Chaebol: from 재벌, a person or family of extreme wealth.

Well Known Korean Brand Names

Hyundai: from 현대 (現代), modern, also the name of a major Korean company
Samsung: from 삼성 (三星), three stars, also the name of a major Korean company
LG: from 럭키금성 (Lucky 金星), Lucky + Goldstar (also Venus), also the name of a major Korean company
SK: from 선경 (鮮京, Sunkyung) from 만주단 (鮮滿綢緞, Joseon-Manchuria Silks Company) and 도직물 (京都織物, Kyeong-do Textile Company)

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Bul go gi is one of Korea's most popular beef dishes. It is made from thinly sliced sirloin or other prime cut of beef. The meat is marinated with a mixture of soy sauce, sugar and other ingredients that vary by region and specific recipe.
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Chisanbop or chisenbop (from Korean chi(ji) finger + sanpŏp(sanbeop) calculation [1] 지산법) is an abacus-like finger counting method used to perform basic mathematical operations.
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 United Nations:
 United Nations
 Australia
 Belgium
 Canada
 Colombia
 Ethiopia
 France
Greece
 Luxembourg
 Netherlands
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Kimchi, also spelled gimchi or kimchee, is a traditional Korean fermented dish made of seasoned vegetables, such as the pickled Chinese cabbage.

Kimchi is the most common Korean banchan eaten with rice along with other banchan dishes.
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Kisaeng (also spelled gisaeng), sometimes called ginyeo (기녀), were female Korean entertainers similar to the Japanese geisha and the ancient Greek hetaerae. Kisaeng were not prostitutes, but artists.
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Capital Seoul, Pyongyang

Largest conurbation (population) Seoul
Official languages Korean
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The Goryeo Dynasty, established in 918, united the Later Three Kingdoms in 936 and ruled Korea until it was removed by the Joseon dynasty in 1392. Two of this period's most notable products are Goryeo pottery — the famous Korean celadon pottery — and the
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There are various names of Korea in use today, derived from ancient kingdoms and dynasties. The modern English name Korea is an exonym derived from the Goryeo period and is used by both North Korea and South Korea in international contexts.
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Sijo (IPA: [ɕiʥo]) is a purely Korean[1] poetic form. Bucolic, metaphysical and cosmological themes are often explored.
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Taekwondo (also, Tae Kwon Do, Taekwon-Do, or Tae Kwon-Do) is a martial art and combat sport originating in Korea. Taekwondo is the national sport of South Korea and sparring, kyeorugi, is an Olympic sporting event.
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Hwabyeong, literally "anger illness" or "fire illness”, is a Korean term for a kind of culture-bound somatization disorder, a mental illness. It manifests as one or more of a wide range of physical symptoms, in response to emotional disturbance, such as stress from
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Bibimbap is a popular Korean dish. The word literally means "mixed rice" or "mixed meal". (It is also sometimes spelled "bibimba" or "bibimbop").

Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with sautéed and seasoned vegetables, beef, a fried egg, and
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Newbie is a slang term for a newcomer to online gaming or an Internet activity. It can also be used for any other activity in whose context a somewhat clueless newcomer could exist.
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Gosu(고수) is a computer gaming term usually used to refer a person highly skilled in multiplayer game like Starcraft, Warcraft III (RTS), Counter-Strike (FPS) and others.
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Hantaviruses belong to the bunyaviridae family of viruses. There are 5 genera within the bunyaviridae family: bunyavirus, phlebovirus, nairovirus, tospovirus, and hantavirus. Each is made up of negative-sensed, single-stranded RNA viruses.
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Hantan River is a river in South Korea, flowing through Gangwon and Gyeonggi Provinces. It is a tributary of the Imjin River, which eventually joins the Han River and empties into the Yellow Sea. The Hantan River is a popular site for white-water rafting.
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Janggi is the Korean name for a strategic board game widespread in Korea. Janggi has much in common with the Chinese Xiangqi, yet some of the conventions of Janggi are actually older than the modern Chinese game, such as starting position of general (king), and the 9 x 10 point
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Xiangqi (Chinese: 象棋
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Galbi or kalbi is a Korean dish made from beef short ribs, though it can also be made with pork ribs. It can be seasoned or unseasoned, and in the seasoned variety, the ribs are marinated in a sauce made primarily from soy sauce, garlic, and sugar.
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Soju is an alcoholic beverage native to Korea. The main ingredient is potato, almost always in combination with other ingredients such as wheat, barley, sweet potato, or tapioca (called dangmil in Korean).
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Kimbap is a popular Korean "fast" food made from rice (bap) and sheets of dried Korean gim (Seaweed), and various other ingredients. Kimbap is a traditional food eaten by Koreans during picnics or special outdoor events. It can also be a common meal at home.
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Muk-Chi-Ba is a variant of the two-player game Rock, Paper, Scissors. It originates from Korea. (The game Rock, Paper, Scissors itself is called "Gawi-Bawi-Bo" (pronounced "Kai-Bai-Bo") in Korean.) This game starts with the usual game of "Gawi-Bawi-Bo".
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Chaebol (alternatively Jaebol) refers to a South Korean form of business conglomerate. The Korean word means "business group" or "trust" and is often used the way "Big Business" is used in English.
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Hyundai refers to a group of companies and related organizations founded by Chung Ju-yung in South Korea. The first Hyundai company was founded in 1947 as a construction company, and the Hyundai Group eventually became South Korea's largest conglomerate company (chaebol).
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VENUS is an acronym for the Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea . The VENUS project is operated out of the University of Victoria and is an advanced cabled sea floor observatory, consisting of fibre optic cables connecting oceanographic instruments on the sea floor of the
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Manchuria ( Romanized Manchu: Manju, Simplified Chinese: 满洲; Traditional Chinese: 滿洲; Pinyin: Mǎnzhōu
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Korean cuisine is based on the traditional foods and preparation techniques of Korea. From the complex Korean royal court cuisine to regional specialties and modern fusion cuisine, their ingredients and preparation are richly varied.
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