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안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo)
Hello and welcome to Korean survival phrases brought to you by KoreanClass101.com, this course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Korea. You will be surprised at how far a little Korean will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by KoreanClass101.com and there, you will find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us the comment.
In today’s lesson, we’ll go over how to exchange our foreign currency to some Korean money. Of course, we can exchange our money at the airport but in Korea, banks will also exchange your money as well. Almost every bank will take the American dollar, the Japanese yen, the Chinese RMB and the Euro and some banks will also take the Canadian dollar, the Australian dollar and the pound. Those maybe a little harder to find but they do exist. Finding a bank that exchanges the major currencies that I mentioned, the American dollar, Japanese yen, Chinese RMB and the Euro are everywhere. Almost every single bank does it. So you won’t have to worry much about changing your money.
Now, the Korean currency is the Won. This is spelled Won and a lot of people tend to read it as 완 (wan). But actually the pronunciation is a lot closer to the number one. One time slowly, it’s 원 (won). Now, to ask for an exchange, we can go to a bank or a foreign exchange center and give them some foreign currency. After you give them the currency, you can say 한국 돈으로 바꿔주세요 (hanguk doneuro bakkwojuseyo). One time slowly, it’s 한국 돈으로 바꿔주세요 (hanguk doneuro bakkwojuseyo). And by syllable, 한-국 돈-으-로 바-꿔-주-세-요 (han-guk don-eu-ro ba-kkwo-ju-se-yo). The first part of the phrase is 한국 돈 (hanguk don). This literally means Korean money or as the currency is known, 원 (won). 한국 돈 (hanguk don). We didn’t actually say Won. We actually said Korean money but it means Won. In Korean, it’s acceptable to say Korean money instead of Won. What follows that is 으로 (euro). This is a particle which has many meanings. But in this particular context, it means into 으로 (euro).
After that we have 바꿔 (bakkwo). This means to change. 바꿔 (bakkwo). And lastly, we have 주세요 (juseyo) which means to do or to do for or simply please. 주세요 (juseyo). Altogether, the phrase we have here is Korean money into change please. This can be translated as I’d like to change this into Won. Now, if you’re ever in 이태원 (itaewon), 인사동 (insadong) or any other foreigner hotspot, you have to be careful of solicitors asking if you want to exchange your money. Most of the time, these people are offering incredible rates that are hard to turn down but be warned. These people are almost always offering counterfeit money. Do not accept their exchange. Well, I mean if you wanted to, you could. You could get a great rate. I mean you’d be getting some fake money but you could try to pass it as real money and possibly get caught and almost definitely be deported, maybe even jailed but don’t say you weren’t warned.
Okay. To close our today’s lesson, we’d like for you to practice what you’ve learned. I will provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud. You will have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So 화이팅 (hwaiting)!
I’d like to change this into Won - 한국 돈으로 바꿔주세요 (hanguk doneuro bakkwojuseyo).
All right, that’s going to do it for today. Remember to stop by KoreanClass101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.


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Monday at 6:30 pm
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How does your country's currency exchange rate compare with Korea's?

Tuesday at 11:22 am
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Hi Alex,

That is interesting to hear! Thanks for sharing.



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Monday at 4:29 am
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1 Serbian Dinar = 10.89 South Korean Won

lol... It's strange to see our currency stronger than another. 😄

Saturday at 10:19 pm
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Hi Dmitriy,

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Monday at 5:43 pm
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In 2012 in Seaoul I even was able to exchange Russian Roubles into Korean Won directly in one of the banks (don't remember the name) ^_^ 😄

Thursday at 10:02 pm
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Hi Ian,

Thanks for posting. You will find no problem changing GBP into Korean Won at the banks in Korea. :smile:



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Thursday at 11:56 am
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How easy it is now to find banks in Seoul which change GBP into Won? :smile:

Friday at 9:32 am
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:razz:Hello Collin,

PDF file is now fixed. Thank you for letting us know.

It seems like Canadian dollar is getting stronger than before to Korean won. : ) I think it's good to have a trip in Korean with this currency. May I ask you if you have any plan to visit Korean in the near future?

Thank you.

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Thursday at 9:50 am
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1 CAD = 1,120 KRW (19 OCT 2011)

Thursday at 9:44 am
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PDF says 한국 도으로 바꿔 주세요

I think meant to say 돈