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10 Korean Hand Gestures You Need to Know


In general, people are fascinated by body language. Body gestures are all about movements—whether they’re visible or subtle—made by people to deliver a specific message to the listener. Additionally, it helps us understand additional non-spoken messages by a sender.

There are many benefits of learning Korean gestures and body language. Firstly, you’ll be able to communicate with locals more effectively. Secondly, you’ll be more likely to avoid miscommunication. And lastly, it’s fun to see the cultural differences and how some of these body gestures differ from those in your country, and so on. Therefore, we’ll introduce ten Korean hand gestures you should know here at KoreanClass101.

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Table of Contents

  1. Peace Sign
  2. Korean Heart
  3. “Let’s Go for a Drink” Gesture
  4. Receiving and Giving Something to Someone
  5. Covering Mouth when Laughing
  6. Two Thumbs Up
  7. Promise Handshake
  8. Come over Here
  9. The Double Hand Wave
  10. Korean “Rock, Paper, Scissors” Sign
  11. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You

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1. Peace Sign

Peace Sign

Everyone knows what the V sign is. However, the meaning of this gesture varies depending on the cultural context. In Korea, the peace sign is commonly used when taking pictures. Also, it can be used to show how proud you are of something. For example, when you’re praised by your friend for receiving a full mark for an exam, you can show this peace sign for “victory.” This is one of the more common hand gestures in Korean cultures.


A: 우와, 시험 100점 맞았어? 대박*.
A: uwa, siheom 100jeom majasseo? daebak.
A: “Wow you got a full mark for the exam? That’s awesome!”

B: (While showing the peace sign) 히히
B: hihi
B: “haha”
대박* is a Korean slang word for “awesome.”

C: 셀카* 찍자!
C: selka jjikja!
C: “Let’s take a selfie!”

D: 응 (While showing the peace sign) 치~즈!
D: eung chi~jeu!
D: “Okay, cheese!”

셀카* is a slang word for “selfie.”

2. Korean Heart

This Korean hand gesture is relatively new in Korea and to make this hand gesture is very easy. Take your thumb and index finger and cross them to make the shape of a heart—that’s it!

The heart gesture shows a tiny heart, but if you look at the entire hand, you’ll come to realize that it’s actually the shape of a human’s heart. Your fist is the shape of a heart and your two fingers, which are the index and the thumb, are two main vessels.

Human Heart

This Korean heart gesture is used to say “I like/love you” to someone and it’s commonly used to show how much you adore someone (e.g. K-Pop idol singers at a concert). You can also use this sign when you want to express how much you like something, such as food, toys, movies, and so on.

3. “Let’s Go for a Drink” Gesture

정승환 (Jung Seung-hwan), a Korean balad singer, in this video clip is telling someone in the crowd to go for a drink. The gesture indicates that the person is holding a small Soju glass and is emptying the glass by pretending to drink an invisible Soju.

Soju Glass

That’s the gesture of “Let’s go for a drink.” This hand gesture is commonly used among friends, as a friendly gesture. Therefore, don’t use this gesture toward elders or people of a higher status than you; this is against Korean cultural etiquette.

4. Receiving and Giving Something to Someone

Giving and receiving an object with only one hand is considered rude in Korea. This is one of the common mistakes that foreigners make, since doing this movement with one hand is completely okay in many countries.

In Korea, you need to receive or give something with both hands; this is to show that you’re showing respect. You don’t necessarily need to do this for your friends, but you’ll definitely need to use both hands for elders or people of higher status.


A: B씨, 이 자료들 오늘까지 처리 가능해요?
A: bissi, i jaryodeul oneulkkaji cheori ganeunghaeyo?
A: “Is it possible to finish working on these documents by today?”

B: 네, 팀장님. 오늘 중으로 처리하도록 하겠습니다. (Receives the documents with two hands)
B: ne, timjangnim. oneul jungeuro cheorihadorok hagetseumnida.
B: “Sure. I will try to finish them by today.” (Receives the documents with two hands)

C: 소주 한잔 드세요.
C: soju hanjan deuseyo.
C: “I will pour you a drink.”

D: 아, 네 감사합니다. (Holds a Soju glass with two hands)
D: a, ne gamsahamnida.
D: “Ah, sure, thank you.” (Holds a Soju glass with two hands)

Hold Two Hands

5. Covering Mouth when Laughing

When you travel to South Korea, you’ll notice that many women hide their mouth with their hand when laughing. This is commonly done by women since it’s very feminine.

We’re not sure where this popular gesture in Korea originated from. However, it could be influenced by Confucianism, where it’s believed that public displays of emotion shouldn’t be expressed to others. Another assumption is that Korean women are shy in general and by hiding their mouth while laughing, they can avoid embarrassment (for instance, of food stuck in their teeth).

Example: You (female) are on a date with someone. When he makes you laugh, use this hand gesture to show your feminine side.

Hand Gestures

6. Two Thumbs Up

The one thumb up gesture is to say 잘했어요 (jalhaesseoyo) or “great job,” but if you do the two thumbs up gesture, it’s equivalent to 진짜 짱이다 (jinjja jjangida) or “it’s super awesome.” This gesture is used only among friends.


A: 이번 방탄소년단 콘서트 어땠어?
A: ibeon bangtansonyeondan konseoteu eottaesseo?
A: “How was the BTS concert?”

B: [As you show two thumbs up] 진짜 짱이었어!
B: jinjja jjangieosseo!
B: “It was AWESOME!”

C: 이번에 새로 나온 게임하러 갈래?
C: ibeone saero naon geimhareo gallae?
C: “Do you want to go and play the new game?”

D: 아 그거? 나 벌써 해봤지. [As you show two thumbs up] 진짜 짱이야.
D: a geugeo? na beolsseo haebwatji. jinjja jjangiya.
D: “Ah that game? I already played. It was really great.”

Hand Gesture

7. Promise Handshake

Everyone knows how to make a “promise” hand gesture – it’s similar to a pinky swear. In Korea, a promise hand gesture itself isn’t enough; we have many more hand gestures after that. The most popular ones are “signature,” “scan,” and “handshake.” There are many varieties in Korea, so ask your Korean friends what their promise handshake gestures are.

Example: You made a vow to your friend that you’ll invite him over for dinner next Tuesday, but he seems doubtful. If you want to ensure that you’ll make it happen, do the promise hand gesture to gain his trust.


A: 다음주까지 빌린 돈 꼭 갚을께 약속!
A: daeumjukkaji billin don kkok gapeulkke yaksok!
A: “I promise to pay back the money I owe you!”

B: 그럼 손가락 걸고 약속 하자.
B: geureom songarak geolgo yaksok haja.
B: “Then let’s do the promise handshake.”

8. Come over Here

If you want to ask someone to come to you with a gesture, Koreans hold their hand up with their palm down, and move it up and down. This gesture is exactly the same as in America, expect it’s an upside-down version.

If you use the American gesture (to say come here), Koreans may feel offended because it conveys a different meaning to them. You can’t use this gesture for elders or superiors, so be careful when using this hand gesture.


A: 수미야! 일루와봐! (hand gesture)
A: sumiya! illuwabwa!
A: “Sumi! Come over here!” (hand gesture)

B: 왜, 무슨일있어?
B: wae, museunirisseo?
B: “What’s up?”

Hold Two Hands Up

9. The Double Hand Wave

This is another important body gesture in Korean cultures and is used when you want to strongly say “NO” to someone. You can use only one hand to say “no” to someone, but if you use two hands, it sends a strong message that you don’t want to do. Also, it can mean, “No thank you.”

For example: You spotted that someone dropped a wallet while walking in a busy street and you hand the wallet over to that person.

The conversation goes like this:

  • You: 저기요, 지갑 떨어뜨리셨어요. 여기 있습니다.
    You: jeogiyo, jigap tteoreotteurisyeosseoyo. yeogi itseumnida.
    You: “Excuse me, you dropped your wallet. Here it is.”
  • Person: 어머, 너무 감사합니다. 감사의 표시로 무료 커피 사용 증정권 드릴께요.
    Person: eomeo, neomu gamsahamnida. gamsaui pyosiro muryo keopi sayong jeungjeonggwon deurilkkeyo.
    Person: “Oh, thank you so much. Please accept this free coffee coupon as a small token of my appreciation.”
  • You: *[Gently waving your two hands] 아니에요. 괜찮습니다.
    You: anieyo. Gwaenchanseumnida.
    You: “No. It is okay.”

*It’s a friendly gesture to refuse something offered by the person you’re talking to.

10. Korean “Rock, Paper, Scissors” Sign

In Korea, “Rock, Paper, Scissors” is called 가위 바위 보 (gawi bawi bo). Unlike the gestures you may be used to, there’s another way to show scissors in Korea, and it’s the shape of a gun.

Three Women Smiling While Opening Box

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Essential Tips for a Korea Trip in August

Are you planning a trip in Korea during August and want to gather information about things to do in South Korea? We have great news for you! Korea has many summer festivals and events held in summer, especially in August! Also, each region holds different festivals that offer unique experiences for foreigners—try to determine what kind of festival you want to participate in.

For example, are you a big fan of listening to classical music in an open area? Are you looking for a good spot to get tanned while traveling in Korea? Or do you want to go wild and enjoy music while splashing water at other participants?

August is a vacation month in Korea, so there will be many festivals and events held in each region—so it’s definitely worth a visit to check out local events. You don’t need to worry about what to do in August. We have the answers for you.


1. Weather in South Korea in August

Korean weather has four seasons throughout the year. The weather is extremely cold during the winter and extremely humid and hot in summer. The summer season starts from late June to August, and there will be heavy rainy days as well. The rainy season usually starts during the second or third week of June, but not to worry, because it doesn’t last long and most of the time it ends before late June. However, typhoons in Japan can bring heavy rain and wind in Korea; therefore, there will be occasional heavy rain after the rainy season. It’s recommended to check the weather forecast to make sure that you’re prepared for unexpected rain.

Also, the summer temperature can go up to 38°C (104°F) during the summer, especially in August—so do expect to sweat a lot! Just to give you some idea of 평균 기온 (pyeonggyun gion) or “the average temperature” for some of the most popular cities in South Korea, we’ve created the list below:

Weather—Average Temperature in South Korea (August)

  • 서울 (Seoul): 25.9°C (78.6°F)
  • 대구 (Daegu): 26.5°C (79.7°F)
  • 청주 (Cheongju) : 25.7°C (78.3°F)
  • 부산 (Busan): 25.9°C (78.6°F)
  • 제주 (Jeju): 26.3°C (79.3°F)

In addition, due to global warming, the temperature continues rising. Therefore, it’s recommended to research more on your own (e.g. current temperature) to understand the weather in August in South Korea. The good news is that air conditioning is on at every store in South Korea (if not, at least a number of electronic fans). So when you feel like you can’t walk anymore because of the heat, just enter any store and you should feel better soon!

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2. Interesting Facts About Summer in Korea

You will notice that when you visit Korea in summer, Koreans carry an electronic handheld fan with them all the time. They’re not expensive at all and are easy to carry around.

Also, Koreans prefer to have pale skin during the summer, so they’ll wear sunscreen and sun-blocking clothing, and carry an umbrella. Many foreigners are bewildered when they see that Koreans use umbrellas and wear extra layers to block out the UV.

There’s another reason for this besides avoiding a tan—there are a lot of people who are allergic to the sun, resulting in skin rashes. Thus, it makes sense to cover themselves in order to avoid allergic reactions.


3. What to Wear in August

August is the hottest time of the year in South Korea and due to global warming, the temperature is rising significantly every year. If you’re not so sure what you need to wear during August in South Korea, here’s some advice for you.

1- Cover Yourself Up with Long Sleeves or Wear UV-Protection Clothes

In Korea, it’s easy to find UV-protection clothes since many Koreans value their skin and want to avoid getting tanned. You’ll see people wearing long slacks and long sleeves to reduce direct exposure as well. So if you sunburn easily, try to cover yourself up with some UV-protection clothes. Older people use umbrellas as well, and using an umbrella in summer is accepted in South Korea so don’t be afraid to try this yourself!


2- Wear Sunglasses and a Cap/Hat

You’ll definitely need to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes; you may want to wear a cap or a hat too. There are many stores in South Korea where you can purchase a fashionable hat or cap at a reasonable price, since they offer discount events frequently.

3- Socially Accepted Clothes in South Korea

Are you still not sure what to wear in South Korea? Typically, we wear flip-flops, shorts, T-shirts, tank tops, and much more! You’re free to wear anything you like. One thing that you need to be careful of in South Korea is that unlike other countries, you shouldn’t reveal too much chest. You’re free to wear anything in August, but if you’re planning to go to luxurious bars or restaurants, make sure to dress a bit more professional.

4. August Summer Festivals in Korea

There are many festivals held in August, and each region offers its unique experience— try to search in advance and plan your trip accordingly, including transportation. Be sure to check out a list of events and festivals held in Korea. Here a few summer festivals that you might find interesting.


1- 울릉도 오징어축제 (“Ulleungdo Squid Festival”)

  • Date: August 6th, 2018 to August 8th, 2018
  • Location: 경상북도 울릉군 울릉읍 저동리 48-11 (48-11, Jeodong-ri, Ulleung-eup, Ulleung-gun, yeongsangbuk-do)

The Ulleungdo Squid Festival is held every year in August and it’s a fun event promoting its local produce: squid. The location is on a beautiful island called Ulleungdo, attracting hundreds and thousands of visitors every year. Festival events include catching squids with your bare hands, riding a boat around Ulleungdo island, and cooking delicious squid. Also, there will be a number of events for visitors such as fishing contests, catching mudfish with bare hands. If you don’t want to participate in these events, you can simply purchase the local produce and bring them to a restaurant. People will cook your squids for you and you can enjoy the local foods!

Since the festival is on Ulleungdo Island, you’ll need to check the ferry schedule. From Pohang Ferry Terminal to Ulleungdo Island is from nine-forty in the morning and from nine o’clock if you depart from Mukho Ferry Terminal. Make sure to check the ferry schedule that departs from Ulleungdo, since the ferry service may close early in the afternoon. For more information about the schedule, you can check the ferry’s company website.

Music Festival

2- 제천국제음악영화제 (“Jecheon International Film & Music”)

  • Date: August 9th, 2018 to August 14th, 2018
  • Location: 충청북도 제천시 의병대로18길 1 (1, Uibyeong-daero 18-gil, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do)

Are you a big fan of famous film music? 제천국제음악영화제 (jecheongukjeeumakyeonghwaje) is held every year in August. The main program shows different music-themed films and documentaries from around the world, featuring various popular musicians from Korea and other countries.

Here, you can enjoy the music in an open space. The theme of the festival is different every year, so we recommend you visit their official website (English version available) to check who’s playing on that day and to find additional events. Moreover, there’s much local dining, sightseeing, and accommodation available nearby, to enhance your experience of the JIMFF festival! The website is available in English and you can check out their past events, such as the 2017 festival.

3- 통영한산대첩축제 (“The Great Battle of Hansan Festival”)

  • Date: August 10th, 2018 to August 14th, 2018
  • Location: 경상남도 통영시 통영해안로 328 (328, Tongyeonghaean-ro, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do)

If you’re into history or simply want to learn Korean history, 통영한산대첩축제 (tongyeonghansandaecheopchukje) is a good festival to go to. You’ll learn more about “The Great Battle of Hansan” which is one of the most famous sea battles in history. Further, you’ll be able to see many historic events during this festival, such as events dedicated to Yi Sun-sin and a reenactment of the Turtle Ship. You can even check out the statue of Yi Sun-sin in 광화문 광장 (“Gwanghwamum Plaza”) in Seoul.

There are many more festivals in August, so do check them out online!

5. Beaches in South Korea

The first place that comes to mind when thinking about famous beaches in South Korea is Busan. Busan is located on the Southeastern tip of the Korean peninsula and is the second-most-populated city after Seoul. Many visitors and Koreans go to Busan for their summer vacations.

Something to keep in mind is that some beaches, especially in Busan, are going to be extremely crowded during the peak season, so try to avoid these areas or find less popular beaches. Alternatively, you can visit during the weekdays when everyone is at work. There are many nice beaches in South Korea besides those in Busan, as well.

1 – Famous Beaches in Korea

And many more!

2 – Things You Need to Consider


Enjoy the Sun

If you love getting tanned, you can definitely enjoy the sun at any beach in South Korea. (“To get tanned” in Korean is 선탠 하다 [seontaen hada].) Also, there will be many beach umbrellas and a table for you to maximize your fun experience at the beach—and you can use them for free.


Do Not Take off Bikini

In some countries, women take off the top part of their bikini at the beach to enjoy sun tanning—but in Korea, it’s considered extremely inappropriate. Therefore, try not to take off your bikini while tanning at a beach. What kind of bikini you wear is completely up to you. August is the hottest part of the year in South Korea, so wearing revealing clothes such as short pants, tank tops, bikinis, and so on is socially accepted.

Avoid Weekend Trips to Beaches

Many people go to the beach over the weekend to enjoy their summer vacation. However, if you visit a famous beach area—for example, in Busan—you may not enjoy the experience because of the crowds. If you want to enjoy the quiet time and experience how it truly feels to be at a beach in South Korea, it’s strongly recommended to avoid peak time and to go to less popular beaches. There are a lot of beaches apart from those in Busan, so do your research and try to visit those too.

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6. Hiking in South Korea

The best time for hiking is spring and fall in South Korea. In spring, you’ll enjoy the beautiful mountains covered with cherry blossoms and other spring flowers; in fall, you’ll enjoy colorful foliage. Hiking in summer may not be a good idea due to the humidity, the heat, and some occasional unexpected rainy days.


If you don’t mind that, you can easily find a mountain nearby and enjoy hiking and looking at beautiful scenes in South Korea. The reason is that South Korea is a relatively small country, but roughly 70% of the land is mountains. This means that you can easily find a mountain to climb even in the busy city of Seoul! Since climbing a mountain in the summer isn’t a popular leisure for many Koreans, you may be able to enjoy the hiking experience more.

1- Famous Hiking Spots in Korea

2- Things You Need to Consider

What to Wear During August in South Korea – Hiking Outfit

Koreans are serious about hiking attire and the majority of them uses trekking poles, even on trails suitable for beginners. It’s not appropriate for women to wear something too revealing. For example, it’s okay to wear a tanktop or outdoor sports bra and tight leggings when hiking in America, but it’s not appropriate in Korea. So respect Korean culture and dress appropriately. If you’re not sure what to wear in August, try to search on Google Images to get some ideas.

Cup Noodles

Enjoy Korean Snacks

김밥 (Kimbap) is the most popular hiking snack in Korea, therefore you’ll see that many stores are selling pre-made kimbap for hikers near the trail entrance. Also, depending on the mountain, sometimes when you reach a viewpoint, you’ll see a person selling 컵누들 (keomnudeul) or “instant cup noodle,” 김밥 (gimbap), and some other Korean snacks such as 아이스크림 (aiseukeurim) which is “ice-cream.” Add extra fun by buying Korean snacks and enjoy them while looking at beautiful scenery.

Drones Are Not Allowed

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use your drone when hiking in South Korea. Many places prohibit using drones for safety reasons and you’ll be fined if you get caught using one. If you want to know if a place you’re visiting prohibits drone use, look out for signs that say 드론비행금지구역 (deuronbihaenggeumjiguyeok) or “drones prohibited area.” Alternatively, look out for signs with an image of a drone crossed out.

Trip to Korea

7. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You

You probably know a few famous places such as 서울 (Seoul), 부산 (Busan), and 제주 (Jeju); they’re definitely great places for sightseeing. Apart from these famous places, there are other places where you can enjoy blending in with the locals.

For example, have you heard of 대구 (Daegu) , 울산 (Ulsan), or 포항 (Pohang)? These places have a different vibe than Seoul, Busan, and Jeju. It’s worth the visit.

There are many great travel spots for you to explore in South Korea, so why not try to learn the top 10 travel destinations in Korea? KoreanClass101 has free study materials to help you learn Korean at your own pace. If you register to KoreanClass101, you’ll get the latest free resources to help you learn the fast and fun way. We have free vocab lessons and free PDF cheat sheets.

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Must-Know Korean Phrases for the PyeongChang Olympics 2018

Korean Phrases that will Help You Enjoy the PyeongChang Olympics to the Fullest!

The PyeongChang Winter Olympics are approximately one month away, and the anticipation is growing higher and higher. While some people may have been to Korea before, PyeongChang is likely a new place for many–How do you get there? Where are the venues? And once you get there, how do you purchase last minute tickets, or souvenirs to take back home?

We’ve prepared the phrases that you’ll need for enjoying the PyeongChang Olympics so that you will be able to enjoy the games–whether you will be sitting in the stadium watching it live, or in another part of Korea, watching it on TV–don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

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Table of Contents

  1. Getting There
  2. Buying Tickets
  3. Location of Stadiums
  4. Accommodations
  5. Souvenirs
  6. Where to Enjoy the Games–even if You’re not in PyeongChang
  7. Fun Facts about the PyeongChang Olympics

1. Getting There

You’ve landed in Korea! ‘인천국제공항(IncheonGukjeGonghang-Incheon International Airport)’, will likely be the airport you will be landing at when arriving.

The most convenient route will be going directly from the airport to PyeongChang through KTX, Korea’s express train system. The high speed train cuts the traveling time to an hour from Seoul to Pyeongchang and 98 minutes from Incheon Airport to PyeongChang.

First, go to the 안내 데스크(information center)’ after arrival and ask where you can purchase KTX tickets:

평창에 가는 KTX표는 어디에서 살 수 있나요?
PyeongChange ganeun KTXpyoneun eodieseo sal su innayo?
“Where can I purchase KTX tickets?”

If you want to buy one way tickets:
편도 티켓은 얼마예요?
pyeondo tikes-eun eolmayeyo?
“How much are one-way tickets?”

For round trip tickets:
왕복 티켓은 얼마예요?
wangbok tikeseun eolmayeyo?
“How much are round-trip tickets?”

KTX already connects Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Yeosu and Daejeon, so it provides accessibility to PyeongChang from various cities throughout Korea. So if you are in Korea and wish to go to PyeongChang, you can simply book your KTX ticket!

If you wish to book online in advance, there is a website that offers tickets exclusively to foreigners.

Just remember that 진부역’(Jinbu Station) and ‘강릉역’(Gangneung Station) are the two major train stations that are close to the venues, so keep this in mind when you are booking your tickets.

Another option would be taking an ‘시외버스’(inter-city bus) from Seoul–the bus ride takes about 2 hours and will cost you about 10,700-12,200won(approximately 9-11 US dollars).
Buy your bus ticket by asking:

“평창에 가는 버스표 주세요.”
PyeongChange ganeun beoseupyo juseyo
“I’d like a bus ticket for PyeongChang.”

If you want to include the number of tickets you wish to buy, just include the number of tickets you wish to purchase:

“평창에 가는 버스표 두 장 주세요.”
PyeongChange ganeun beoseupyo dujang juseyo
“Please give me two bus tickets for PyeongChang.”

Transfering to a domestic flight is another option, because unfortunately, there is no international airport in PyeongChang. This means that you will need transfer to a connecting flight that takes you to the nearby city of ‘양양(YangYang)’.

Once you are there, you can take the bus by going to the 강릉 시외버스 터미널(Gangneung Intercity Bus Terminal). The bus ride will take approximately 3 hours 13 minutes). If you wish to take the bus, go to the ‘안내 데스크(information center)’ after arrival and ask for the bus terminal:

시외버스 터미널에 어떻게 가나요?
sioebeoseu teomineore eotteokke ganayo?
“How do I get to the intercity bus terminal?”

If you wish to go by taxi, it will take approximately 49 minutes and the fare will likely come up to somewhere between ‘6만5천원-8만원(65,500won-80,000won, or approximately 60-75 dollars), so looking for someone to share the taxi with may be an option.

If you want to take a taxi, ask the driver if he/she is willing to take you to PyeongChang by asking:

평창까지 가주실 수 있나요?
PyeongChangkkaji gajusil su innayo?
“Could you take me to PyeongChang?”

Buying Tickets

2. Buying Tickets

Although the Olympics are less than one month away, tickets are still available for purchase. However, as the options for purchasing the tickets vary depending on the country you are coming from, you may want to check the PyeongChang Olympics official website for details.

If you wish to purchase tickets directly at the venue, simply go to the ticket booth and ask whether they have tickets available for the day by inquiring:

혹시 오늘 경기 표 살 수 있나요?
hoksi oneul gyeonggi pyo sal su innayo?
“Is it possible to buy tickets for today’s game?”

If you want to buy tickets for another day:

“다른 날 표 살 수 있나요?”
dareun nal pyo sal su innayo?
“Could I buy tickets for another day?”

If you would like to ask if there are tickets for other events, you could ask:

“다른 경기 표는 없나요?”
dareun gyeonggi pyoneun eomnnayo?
“Are there tickets for other games?”
If you bought tickets already and want to receive at the ticket booth:

“인터넷으로 표 샀는데 지금 받을 수 있을까요?”
Inteoneseuro pyo sanneunde jigeum badeul su isseulkkayo?
“I bought tickets online. Can I get them now?”

Location of Stadiums

3. Location of Stadiums

There are 13 venues where the events will take place, with the Games gathering around the two main venues–the mountain resort of ‘알펜시아’(Alpensia: for outdoor sports such as skiing and bobsled, and the coastal city of ‘강릉’(Gangneung) for indoor sports such as hockey, curling and figure skating.


4. Accommodations

Once you have made it to PyeongChang, you will likely need to check in. To confirm your reservation, you may need to ask:

“체크인 하고 싶은데요.”
chekeuin hago sipeundeyo.
“I’d like to check in.”

If you want to ask if breakfast is included, you could ask:

“조식도 포함되나요?”
josikdo pohamdoenayo?
“Is breakfast included?”


If you wish to ask for help, the concierge at the hotel/resort you are staying at will probably know the best places to eat, or be able to give directions to get to the stadium. Here are some phrases that you could use to ask for help:

“도움을 받고 싶은데요.”
doumeul batgo sipeundeyo.
“I’d like some help.”

“맛있는 식당 추천 해주세요.”
Massineun sikdang chucheon haejuseyo.
“Please recommend a delicious restaurant.”

“___ 경기장에 가고 싶은데 택시를 불러주세요.”
___ gyeonggijange gago sipeunde taeksireul bulleojuseyo.
“I’d like to go to the ___ stadium, please call me a taxi.”

“___ 경기장에 가고 싶은데 어떻게 가야 하나요?”
gyeonggijange gago sipeunde eotteokke gaya hanayo?
“I’d like to go to the ___ stadium, how do I get there?”

5. Souvenirs

PYEONGCHANG 2018 VENUESSource: wikipedia

If you wish to bring back a souvenir from the Olympics, why not the mascots of the Games? There are two official ‘마스코트(masukoteu)-”mascots”’ for the games–’수호랑’(Soohorang) and ‘반다비’(Bandabi)–Soohorang is a white tiger and Bandabi is an Asiatic black bear.

There is an official online store with cute character items that range from water bottle holders to indoor slippers.

‘평창 롱패딩’(pyeongchang longpaeding)-”Long padded coats” are also available and selling like hotcakes at 롯데백화점(loddebaeghwajeom)=”Lotte Department Store”, the official sales partner of the Olympics, so going to the department store may be a good way to get not just souvenirs, but other popular Korean products such as ‘페이셜 팩’(peisyeol paek)=”facial masks”, ‘화장품’(hwajangpum)=”cosmetics”), or ‘김’(gim)=”seaweed snacks”.

Also, don’t forget to download your free cheat sheet – Survival Phrase List for PyeongChang Olympics 2018 – below. (Logged-In Member Only)

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6. Where to Enjoy the Games–even if You’re not in PyeongChang

If you don’t have the time to actually visit PyeongChang, one good option would be to go to a local pub and enjoy the games–some fun areas in Seoul include ‘이태원’(Itaewon) and ‘홍대’(Hongdae)–there are various bars and pubs which will likely have sign posts showing that they will be showing the games ‘라이브’(laibeu)=”real time”–walk around until you see a pub you fancy–then just walk in, order a glass of beer and cheer for your country or favorite player!

7. Fun Facts about the PyeongChang Olympics

  • This is the first Winter Olympics hosted by Korea.
  • To avoid confusion with the North Korean capital Pyongyang, the PyeongChang resort changed its name by capitalizing the ‘C’.
  • This was Korea’s third attempt to host the Winter Olympics–PyeongChang lost by just three votes to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics, and four votes to Sochi for the 2014 Games.
  • A record 102 medals will be awarded in 15 disciplines.

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