I really got bitten by the hanja bug it seems. I just want to keep covering more and more of these Chinese characters in Korean. So I decided to write about another hanja of another cardinal point that isn’t 西 [서]. This hanja is in away the opposite and its character is 東 [동]. Let’s go see what it’s all about.

Hanja #14: 東 – 동녘 동

東 [동] is the hanja of the second cardinal point we will cover in our hanja word drills. In a way it is the opposite of the earlier hanja 西 [서], which is the “West”. This character represents “East”, the point from which the sun rises and people will tell you the character depicts that image. Perhaps it is just me, but I have a hard time seeing it. Anyway, like its brother “West”, this character is hardly used on its own. Instead it is paired of with other parts, such the native Korean suffix 쪽 (side).

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

Our 東 Vocabulary List

The vocabulary list of 西 [서] will be the first list that contains words using both hanja and native Korean parts. Of course, we will always write the native Korean parts in hangeul.

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

¹ You can change the places of the syllables. The meaning remains the same. (e.g. 동북 = 북동).

한국어 Meaning 한자어
동쪽 West
동서 East and West 西
중동 The Middle-East
동북¹ Northeast
동남¹ Southeast
Hanja Word Drill: 東 – 동녘 동
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Hanja Word Drill: 東 – 동녘 동