Korean Language Bank: 東 [동] - 동녘 동
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Like the Hanja 南 [남], the Hanja 東 [동] is a great character to know as you can use it yourself with plenty of words. So properly understanding this Hanja will help you properly use it.

The Hanja 南 [남] is a rather useful character to know for you can use it with many words yourself. Understanding the character, therefore, will help you better use the Hanja to its full potential. The sound of the character 東 is [동].

The character 東 [동] is one of four Hanja (the other being 南 [남], 北 [북] and 西 [서]) that represent the four cardinal points. This character represents ‘East’ and, as you can probably guess, it is used to specify where something lies. In this case, it specifies something is located in the East.

東 [동] Vocabulary

Along with the 3 other four cardinal points characters, the Hanja 東 [동] is a rather flexible character. You can actually attach it to words that indicate an area or region and specify you are talking about its Eastern part. You can do the same with the other characters for the other cardinal points respectively. As always focus on the character and its meaning, not the stroke order.

The character ~ indicates the following part is a pure Korean word and thus has no Hanja counterpart.

We give the verb/adjective meaning of nouns in brackets ‘( )’. As you know Sino-Korean nouns (한자어) can be used as verbs/adjectives with 하다.

Hanja / 한자 Hangeul / 한글 English / 영어
~ 동쪽 East
북서 North-West
남동 South-East
동양 The Orient, The East
동해 The East Sea
Hanja Chart: 東 [동] - 동녘 동
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Hanja Chart: 東 [동] – 동녘 동
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