Remember the hanja 韓 [한]? I told you that was the first of four characters need to write the official name of the Republic of Korea in Korean. Today I’m going to cover a second hanja in that four character name. That hanja is 民 [민] and it is a rather important hanja if you are interested in politics, society and the like as it tends to pop up in those situations. Let’s give this hanja a look.

Hanja #20: 民 – 백성 민

The hanja 民 [민] is an important character to know. It isn’t only important because it is one of the four hanja used in the Korean word for “Republic of Korea”. It is also important because it is a very versatile character. The character represents “Of the people” or “The (common) people”.

As you can imagine 民 [민] is often used in vocabulary related to statecraft, policy, public administration, etc. So it is a rather important hanja to know if you are keen on following Korean news and current affairs. Oftentimes they use words there utilize this hanja. For example the Korean word for republic uses this hanja  [민국].

If you happen to know any other word you think has this 民 [민], let us know in the comments.

Our 民 Vocabulary List

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

한국어 Meaning 한자어
민생 Public welfare, livelihood of the people
민국 Republic
국민 The people, the public, the nation
국민연금 National Pension
대한민국 Republic of Korea
Hanja Word Drill: 民 – 백성 민
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Hanja Word Drill: 民 – 백성 민