The character 金 [금] is a rather important character as it deals with things we would all consider vital for being able to live a healthy life. Perhaps you have noticed, but all characters in Hanja level 8 are characters of important basic vocabulary in general or to Korea. This character is no exception.
The Hanja 金 [금] is a vital character to know because it represents ‘gold’. And, because of that meaning, it is also used in the sense of ‘money’. Now you will immediately realize why this single character is rather important to know. Indeed, a lot of words revolving around money include this character like 세금 [稅金]. However, a basic, but an important word that has nothing to do with money also utilizes this character: 금요일 (金曜日).
Lastly, the character 金 [금] is also a character that is used to write Korean names in Hanja. Typically, it is used for the family name (성씨). However, when used in a name the pronunciation is not [금], but [김]. What it represents, however, remains unchanged.
金 [금] Vocabulary
Along with 6 other characters (月 [월], 火 [화], 水 [수], 木 [목], 土 [토] and 日 [일]), the character 金 [금] is actually used very often in Korea today. Today websites, journals and people use these characters as a nifty shorthand for the days of the week, though their Hangeul counterparts are also used. So knowing 金 [금] and its 6 brothers will help you out in your daily life in Korea.
|Hanja / 한자||Hangeul / 한글||English / 영어|
|金賞||금상||First prize, gold medal|
|入金||입금||Deposit (to deposit)|
|資金||자금||Funds, money; Capital|
|退職金||퇴깆금||Severance pay; Pension|
|公共料金||공공요금||Public utility fees|
|出金||출금||Withdrawal (to withdraw)|
|國民年金||국민 연금||National pension|
|軍人年金||군인 연금||Veteran pension|
|金額||금액||Sum, amount (of money)|