I decided to spend today writing some more article on hanja. I’m in a real hanja mood it seems. The next hanja is 國 [국] which is the third hanja of four hanja we need to write the official name of Korea in hanja. This is a rather important character so let’s give it a go.

Hanja #37: 國 – 나라 국

國 [국] is the character that represents ‘country’. So as you can imagine a lot of things to do with countries, like the name of countries, nationalities and such tend to incorporate this little hanja. In fact this hanja is part of the normal word for Korea 한국 [], as is it part of the longer official name. So as you can imagine in is a rather useful hanja to know.

Please keep in mind that many Korean words for countries around the world do not use this hanja. The spelling of their names are oftentimes based on various languages such as English and others.

If you happen to know any other word you think has this hanja, let us know in the comments.

Our 國 Vocabulary List

*Meanings written in italics are the meanings when you use the noun as a 하다 verb.

한국어 Meaning 한자어
소국 Minor country, a minor power
모국 Motherland, fatherland, homeland, native land
한국 Korea, South-Korea
중국 China
국군 Nation’s armed forces
국왕 King, Queen, Monarch, Sovereign
왕국 Kingdom
국교 State religion
국민 The people, the public, the nation
민국 Republic
국토 Territory (of a country)
국학 Study of national heritage
외국 Foreign country
국외 Outside the country
한국인 Korean (person)
중국인 Chinese (person)
외국인 Foreigner
국민연금 National Pension
대한민국 Republic of Korea
Hanja Word Drill: 國 – 나라 국
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Hanja Word Drill: 國 – 나라 국