Today we will cover a very special character, a character you have known for as long as you have been learning Korean. That hanja is 韓 [한]. This is one of two characters to say “Korea” and it is one of 4 characters used in the official name of the Republic of Korea. That is pretty nifty, no?
Hanja #15: 韓 – 한국 한
Today we discuss a very important hanja. The hanja 韓 [한] which represents “Korea”. It is one of the first hanja you have undoubtedly used when you started learning Korean since it is one of the two characters used in the word 한국 [韓國]. As you can imagine this character is probably part of any word that is somewhat related to Korea, its people and the Korean language.
You most likely to see hanja like 韓 [한] during a news broadcast or in the newspaper. They use it as a shorthand for 한국. Hanja like this one or 日 [일] (Japan) are often used as a shorthand in news broadcasts or in newspaper. It is shorter than writing the entire name of the country, saving space. There are other types of shorthand like this that exist. You can expect them to pop up in the vocabulary list.
If you happen to know any other word you think has this hanja, let us know in the comments.
Our 韓 Vocabulary List
*Meanings written in italics are the meanings when you use the noun as a 하다 verb.
|한국||Korea, South Korea||韓國|
|한일||Korea and Japan||韓日|
|한궁||Korea and China||韓中|
|대한민국||Republic of Korea||大韓民國|