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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 will go over some phrases when you need to ask when a place opens or closes. This could be used for stores, restaurants, parks or sightseeing spots. Let’s start with the phrase, what time does it open. In Korean, that would be 몇 시에 문 열어요 (myeot sie mun yeoreoyo)? One more time, it’s 몇 시에 문 열어요 (myeot sie mun yeoreoyo)? The first word is 몇 시 (myeot si) which means what time. This is immediately followed by the time particle 에 (e) which is roughly equivalent to at. These two are spoken together, 몇 시에 (myeot sie). What comes after that is 문 (mun) which literally means door. One more time, it’s 문 (mun. Lastly we have 열어요 (yeoreoyo) and this means to open. 열어요 (yeoreoyo). Altogether, the phrase we have is 몇 시에 문 열어요 (myeot sie mun yeoreoyo)? This is literally what time at door open. This is translated as, what time does it open.
All right, so now we are going to go over the phrase, what time does it close? This in Korean would be 몇 시에 문 닫아요 (myeot sie mun dadayo)? This phrase is almost exactly the same as what time does it open. The only difference is the last word. The first phrase was once again 몇 시에 문 열어요 (myeot sie mun yeoreoyo) and the phrase we have now is 몇 시에 문 닫아요 (myeot sie mun dadayo). The last word 닫아요 (dadayo) means to close. So let’s hear this phrase once again. 몇 시에 문 닫아요 (myeot sie mun dadayo)? This is literally what time at door close or what time does it close. All right, now for the answer. Many retail places in Korea will open at 10 AM. So we will go over that for our answer but if you want to work on some more hours, check out our lesson on what time is it. 10 AM in Korean would be 열 시 (yeol si) and they may say 열 시에 문 열어요 (yeol sie mun yeoreoyo).
The first part is 열 시 (yeol si) which means 10 o’clock. Immediately after that is 에 (e) which roughly again means at. These two are spoken together, 열 시에 (yeol sie). After that, we have 문 (mun) which means door. 문 (mun). And once again we have 열어요 (yeoreoyo). This means open. 열어요 (yeoreoyo). Altogether, the phrase we have here is 열 시에 문 열어요 (yeol sie mun yeoreoyo). This is literally 10 o’clock at door open. We can interpret this as we open at 10 o’clock. Now for closing times, the answer to this question will differ according to where you are going. Many retail stores in Korea close at 9 or 10 PM. Since we already did 10 o’clock, let’s go over 9 o’clock. The phrase it closes at 9 o’clock is 아홉 시에 문 닫아요 (ahop sie mun dadayo). One more time, it’s 아홉 시에 문 닫아요 (ahop sie mun dadayo).
The first part is 아홉 시 (ahop si) 9 o'clock. This is immediately followed by 에 (e) which is the time particle. Once again, these two are spoken together. 아홉 시에 (ahop sie). What follows after that is 문 닫아요 (mun dadayo). 문 (mun) means door and 닫아요 (dadayo) means close. 문 닫아요 (mun dadayo). 아홉 시에 문 닫아요 (ahop sie mun dadayo). This is literally 9 o'clock at door close. This is translated as we close at 9 o'clock. This phrase will most likely be used for retail stores. The reason I see this is because Korea’s food, drink and entertainment industries usually don’t have a closing time. They may have a time they hope to close and they wish to close but like many things in life, you can’t always get what you want. Usually restaurants and bars will wait until the last people are out to close. It’s not very common for someone to be asked to leave because the place is closing.
I was once in a pool hall with a friend and we had a bet going on, back and forth, back and forth. I kept winning, he kept winning and then we kept on playing for 5 hours and we ended up actually leaving at 3 o'clock in the morning. We had to wake the pool hall manager up so that we could pay to leave. I wasn’t surprised by this at all because in Korea, the customer is king.
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)!
What time does it open - 몇 시에 문 열어요 (myeot sie mun yeoreoyo)?
What time does it close - 몇 시에 문 닫아요 (myeot sie mun dadayo)?
We open at 10 o'clock - 열 시에 문 열어요 (yeol sie mun yeoreoyo).
It closes at 9 o'clock - 아홉 시에 문 닫아요 (ahop sie mun dadayo).
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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Saturday at 6:30 pm
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How do you say, 'What time does this place open?' in Korean?

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Hello 아린,


Thanks for posting. You *will* need to space out the words:


몇 시에 문 열어요?


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몇시에 문열어요?


is it correct if it's written without space like this?