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“Angel” in Korean – Learn the different ways to say it

Koreabridge - Tue, 2023-01-10 06:52

Today we are back with another quick but useful lesson: how to say “angel” in Korean!

At first glance, do you find this word useful to add to your vocabulary? Perhaps so. Angels are a big part of Christian religions, sure, but that’s not the only context they can be used in. These days angels are also popular mythical creatures to use in different forms of media.

“Angel” can also be used as an adjective when describing someone’s generous and helpful efforts toward someone. Angels are also common decorations to have around Christmas time! Therefore, you may get more opportunities to use this beautiful word than you might think. Let’s get to it!

How to say “angel” in Korean

The Korean word for “angel” is 천사 (cheon-sa). To learn how to write “angel” in the Korean language, your first step is to learn Korean letters by knowing the Korean alphabet.

This is a noun that refers to any type of angel. It can be a person, a decoration, or an angel in terms of religion.

Sample sentences:

넌 내 천사야. (neon nae cheonsaya)

You’re my angel.

Note that this sentence uses the most informal structure for speaking and should thus only be used with someone close to you. You can use this in situations where someone has helped you out greatly or shown you deep kindness.

This is, of course, possible to also say to someone you are not as familiar with in a similar situation. In that case, you may want to use a sentence that sounds more polite and say it like this:

그쪽은 내 천사예요. (geujjogeun nae cheonsayeyo.)

You’re my angel.

Instead of 그쪽 (geujjok), you may also opt to use the person’s name or title, whichever is more appropriate.

Other words related to “angel” in Korean

Now, let’s take a look at more words related to “angel.”

“Angelic” in Korean

If you want to make it clear you are referring to someone who is like an angel, you can also say 천사 같은 사람 (cheonsa kateun saram), rather than simply 천사 (cheonsa).

Similarly, if you want to describe someone or something as angelic, you may use the descriptive verb 고결하다 (gogyeolhada).

Sample sentences:

메간씨는 정말 고결한 사람이에요. (meganssineun jeongmal gogyeolhan saramieyo.)

Megan is a really angelic person.

Let’s take a look at the above sentence. “Angel-like” or “angelic” would be their American-English translation. Other ways to phrase the same sentence are these:

메간씨는 천사 같아요. (meganssineun cheonsa gatayo.)

Megan is like an angel.

메간씨는 천사 같은 사람이에요. (meganssineun cheonsa gateun saramieyo.)

Megan is an angel-like person.

Thus, all three are rather similar expressions with each other.

“Angelical” in Korean

You may also want to use the adjective “angelical.” In this case, the same verb, 고결하다 (gogyeolhada), still applies. This same verb can be used when expressing words such as loyal, virtuous, and noble.

“Heaven” in Korean

The Korean word for “heaven” is 천국 (cheonguk). When talking about angels, they’re usually associated with heaven.

Wrap Up

And now your vocabulary is a few words richer again! In what type of settings do you think you’ll be using the Korean word for angel the most? Let us know your answer below in the comments!

Regardless of the languages used, whether Korean, Japanese, or English, we hope you can find an angel in your life!

If you’re interested in learning more religious Korean words next, check out our free article for religion in Korean! Hopefully, you enjoyed reading through this lesson and found the answers you were searching for. Tell your friends about your newly-learned vocabulary to make learning more fun!

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TWO 있다 Verbs | Korean FAQ

Koreabridge - Mon, 2023-01-09 16:07

Did you know that there are two different ways to conjugate the verb 있다? This is essentially as if there are two 있다 verbs. One verb means "to exist," while the other means "to stay." I'll explain how to use them, and when you'll want to conjugate them differently.

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Korean nicknames – Terms to use to address your friends

Koreabridge - Mon, 2023-01-09 03:21

In this article, we will teach you various Korean nicknames. Do you have a nickname? What do you like to be called, and what do others call you if it’s not your birth name? Just like us all, even Koreans like to give each other nicknames.

It can be to show affection, to distinguish two people with the same name from each other, or simply be that someone prefers to be called by a different name than the one on their birth certificate.

How to say “nickname” in Korean

The word for “nickname” in the Korean language is 별명 (byeolmyeong). You may use this Korean word to ask your friends about their nicknames or when you want to ask them to create one.

You might have heard characters in K-dramas call each other by nicknames too. What kinds of nicknames are common and popular in South Korea? And is there a particular way in which they are formed? What kind of a Korean nickname could you give yourself? And are there certain situations where they are more likely to be used? Let’s find out!

How to come up with Korean nicknames

A nickname is formed based on the person’s name but also on other qualities, like appearance, behavior, expression, and personality. Sometimes a nickname may even be based on one’s career! And because you need to have a certain kind of a bond with someone to commonly call them by their first name, a birthname can also be considered a nickname among Koreans.

Depending on the nickname, it can arouse either positive or negative emotions, especially in the person whose nickname it is. Typically the response is positive when the creator of the nickname is the person who is called by it.

However, when it is others who have picked out the nickname, the reaction can become more negative. Especially it may be so if there were malicious or teasing elements behind the nickname’s creation. It is a shame some of them get created in such a manner, as they are ultimately meant to be fun and affectionate nicknames.

List of common Korean nicknames

How you address friends or call a person defines the relationship you have. In the same way, Koreans also give each other nicknames out of affection, among other reasons. As mentioned above, Korean nicknames, just like any other nicknames in the world, have various sources. These are commonly based on someone’s appearance, behavior, expression, and personality.

If you’re looking for Korean terms of endearment used by married couples or those in romantic relationships, then we have an extensive list of the most popular Korean terms of endearment in this article. You’ll find Korean terms like baby, princess, honey, darling, and other sweet words used by Korean couples.

For now, let’s learn the popular Korean nicknames below!

Korean nicknames based on appearance

To start, below are the most popular Korean words used as nicknames which are based on a person’s appearance.

EnglishKorean Energy poles (for tall people)전봇대 (jeonbotdae) High legs (for tall people)키다리 (kidari) Long legs (for tall people)롱다리 (longdari) Ostrich (for tall people)타조 (tajo) Peanut (for short people)땅콩 (ttangkong) Pororo (for people wearing glasses)뽀로로 (ppororo) Short legs (for short people)숏다리 (syotdari) Small child (for short people)꼬맹이 (kkomaengi) Small child (for short people)땅꼬마 (ttangkkoma) Korean nicknames based on abilities

Below are Korean nicknames that describe a person’s ability.

EnglishKorean Cheetah (for fast people)치타 (chita) Laziness (for slow people)느림보 (neurimbo) Snail (for slow people)달팽이 (dalpaengi) Turbo (for fast people)터보 (teobo) Turtle (for slow people)거북이 (geoboki) Korean nicknames that are cool, funny, or unique

If you’re into the more unique and cute nicknames, below is the list for you.

EnglishKorean Armful아름 (areum) Azalea진달래 (jindallae) Beckoning지호 (jiho) Butterfly나비 (nabi) Clove pink카네이션 (kaneisyeon) Coffin관 (gwan) Daisy데이지 (deiji) Dalhia달리아 (dallia) Dandelion민들레 (mindeulle) Day하루 (haru) Our puppy우리 강아지 (uri gangaji) Pansy팬지 (paenji) Paper weight서진 (seojin) Peony모란 (moran) Poetical friend시우 (siu) Poppy양귀비 (yanggwibi) Powerful힘찬 (himchan) Praise찬미 (chanmi) Prince왕자님 (wangjanim) Princess공주님 (gongjunim) Ruler; idiot치자 (chija) Runner-up준우 (junu) Sea, ocean바다 (bada) Shooter사격수 (sagyeoksu) Sir, Lord경 (gyeong) Sky, heaven하늘 (haneul) Star별 (byeol) Sunflower해바라기 (haebaragi) Teardrop이슬 (iseul) Tree나무 (namu) Tsunami해일 (haeil) Tulip튤립 (tyullip) Violet, purple보라 (bora) How to create your own Korean nickname

When creating your own nickname, remember that it is a way to identify and describe yourself. So, choose a nickname that is positive and fits you well. It can be based on a personality trait, ability, or a part of your appearance. It could also be a play on your name, for example.

You may go for a unique or cute nickname like some of the ones presented above, but you can also list down some Korean names and choose one to serve as your nickname – and it can double as your Korean name, too! We have an article dedicated to Korean names you can look up for more information.

Oftentimes, when coming up with a Korean name, people choose and create names that resemble their own birth name. However, it is also totally possible for you to create a name and a nickname that is vastly different from your name. If possible, you can also ask your Korean friends for help in creating one or perhaps even have them create it for you.

Wrap Up

Would you, too, like to have a Korean nickname? How wonderful! Now you know the Korean term that you can start calling your best friend, classmate, or older brother, for example. Having one brings you a step closer to experiencing the Korean culture.

We hope that you have the best time with it! Whether you’re thinking of Korean terms of endearment or Korean nicknames, share them with us below in the comments!

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Templestay – Bulguksa Temple (Gyeongju)

Koreabridge - Sun, 2023-01-08 23:23
The Beautiful Front Facade to Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju. Introduction to Temple

Bulguksa Temple is arguably Korea’s most famous temple. It’s located in eastern Gyeongju, and it’s situated in the foothills of Mt. Tohamsan (745 m). Bulguksa Temple means “Buddha Kingdom Temple” in English. Bulguksa Temple was first constructed in 528 A.D., which was the first year that Buddhism was officially accepted by the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C. – 935 A.D.) during the reign of King Beopheung of Silla (r. 514-540 A.D.). Originally, the temple was named Beopryusa Temple or Hwaeom Bulguksa Temple.

Then nearly two hundred years later, the Bulguksa Temple that we know of today was first started in 742 A.D. The design and financial backing of the newly built Bulguksa Temple came from Prime Minster Kim Daeseong (700-774 A.D.). However, before the temple could be completed, Kim Daeseong died in 774 A.D., and Bulguksa Temple was completed during the reign of King Hyegong of Silla (r. 765 – 780 A.D.). It was at this time that Bulguksa Temple was given its current name.

Throughout the temple’s long history, Bulguksa Temple has been destroyed multiple times including the first time in the late 13th century by the invading Mongols. Later, the temple was reconstructed and renovated several times during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) and the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Bulguksa Temple was destroyed, once more, by the invading Japanese during the Imjin War (1592-1598). After its 1593 destruction, another major reconstruction took place at Bulguksa Temple in 1604. And in 1700, the original layout of the temple was completely restored. It was in 1805 that Bulguksa Temple fell into disrepair and was looted by robbers.

Bulguksa Temple was then initially repaired during the early part of Japanese Colonial Rule (1910-1945) from 1918 to 1925. It was further renovated from 1934 and 1935. Then after the Japanese Colonial Rule came to an end, an extensive restoration took place from 1963 to 1973 under President Park Chung-hee (1917-1979). In total, some 24 buildings were renovated and rebuilt. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Bulguksa Temple simply acted as a major tourist attraction. However, in the year 2000, the management of Bulguksa Temple was transferred over to the Jogye-jong Order, and the temple resumed its central role in Korean Buddhism, once more. Bulguksa Temple, along with the neighbouring Seokguram Hermitage, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Also, Bulguksa Temple is home to 7 National Treasures (the most at any Korean Buddhist temple), and an additional 6 Korean Treasures.

Bulguksa Temple conducts a single Templestay program. It’s The Fragrance of a Thousand Years Program, which is a one night, two day program that focuses on a temple tour, prayer bead making, ceremonies, and meditation.

For more on Bulguksa Temple.


From the Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal, you can take either Bus #10 or Bus #11 that goes directly to Bulguksa Temple. The ride takes about one hour in length to get to the temple.

Templestay Programs

The Templestay program at Bulguksa Temple is entitled The Fragrance of a Thousand Years Program. Here is the one night, two day program at this beautiful temple:

A: The Fragrance of a Thousand Years Program TimeTitle14:00-14:30Check-In 15:00-16:00Orientation 16:00-17:30Temple Tour17:30-08:10Temple Dinner18:10-18:50Meditation & Buddhist Ceremony18:50-20:00Making 108 Prayer Beads20:00-20:30 Circumambulate Pagodas20:30-21:00Bedtime TimeTitle05:10-05:20Wake-Up Call05:30-06:00Breakfast06:00-07:30Seon Meditation with a Monk07:30-09:30Teatime with a Monk or Seokguram Grotto Tour10:00-11:00Free Time & Check-Out

(This schedule is subject to change)

The Templestay facilities at Bulguksa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website). Temple Information

Address: 385 Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Republic of Korea

Tel: +82-10-7773-0983

E-mail: [email protected]


The Fragrance of a Thousand Years Program – adults – 90,000 won; students (up to 18 years of age) – 80,000 won; pre-schooler – 50,000 won

*The cancellation policy is as follows: 3 days before: 100% refund; 2 days before: 70% refund; 1 day before: 50% refund; the day of the reservation there is no refund.


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The Sajin Photography Podcast: Episode 7 - Pete DeMarco

Koreabridge - Sun, 2023-01-08 01:34

This week I ventured into unknown territory and interview one the best photographers that I know, Pete DeMarco. For those of you who don't know him, Pete is an award winning photographer, co-founder of the Busan Lightstalkers, the genius behind The Creative Academy, and also a really good friend of mine.

In this episode we cover all aspects of photography in Korea from Pete's perspective and dig in a little deeper into Pete's favourite places in the country. Here is a great post from Pete about Ulleungdo which he mentions in the show.

If you'd like to learn more about Pete you can find him here:
His Website: The NomadWithin
The Creative Academy: Landscapes With Pete

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The Sajin Photography Podcast: New Year's Special PT. 1

Koreabridge - Sat, 2023-01-07 12:31

Season 4 Episode 10: New Year's Special PT. 1

Happy New Year! 
In this episode I look back on 2022 and talk about my year in photography. I go over the ups and downs of the past year and go over some of my favourite images 


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Welcome to 2023

Koreabridge - Sat, 2023-01-07 11:30

It’s been about a week since new years and I am feeling like it is time to kick out a new blog post! I am going to forego the typical “let’s brag about all of the fantastic work that I did last year so you know that I am an important and famous photographer” type post. I feel that if you know me and what I have gone through since 2020 then you know that I am struggling with a lot and bragging about that one small job that I did last year is not going to do to much.

With that being said, what was I up to last year? I guess that you could say that I was taking a bit of time to find myself. That sounds way more cheesy than it needs to be but there is no other way to really describe it. Involuntary hiatus could be another way to describe it.

At least I could afford coffee this year. About 2022…

What I basically did was nothing all that important. I scaled back a lot of my photography projects and even dropped the ball on my podcast and blog. Something that if you used to check in here, you might have noticed that the last post was sometime in September. So yeah… no high class events or private school graduations here. Just mostly shots of the coastlines and pics from the window of my tent.

The truth of the matter is that I needed this break in order to face some harsh realities of my talent and technique. That means that I realized that I am not as good as I thought that I was. I expected National Geographic to come beating down my door because I take the exact same photos out my back window every month.

I stepped back and also looked at who I was becoming as well. I was getting angry about not getting the same jobs as other photographers. I was getting angry at those photographers for recommending me for jobs as well. I was angry at myself for not being talented enough to get any jobs and being too lazy to go out and find something better.

Years ago someone mocked me and basically called me a wannabe Jared Polin from FroKnowsPhoto. I took great offense to that at the time. Now, I see that to most I probably was a wannabe. If you look at the work of Roy Cruz and Dylan Goldby, then you can see what motivated photographers are doing in Korea. The reality was that I was not one of those motivated photographers, not even close.

If you follow my friend, Greg Samborski then you can also get an idea of what is possible to do IN Korea even when you don’t even live here anymore. Greg was able to fly in for a few months and book back to back gigs in Korea. Granted, he is not a landscape photographer and his work (and the others mentioned above) revolves mostly around people and events. I however, still felt the sting of jealousy when I heard how awesome 2022 was for everyone else.

This over-saturated shot is not really the type of thing that would send Nat Geo editors running to their computers to send out emails offering high-paying assignments.

For me, the last 2 years have been a struggle since my father died. We managed to get back home this past summer and it was bitter sweet. During my absence since the funeral, a lot of things of mine went missing when my Dad wasn’t there to keep an eye on my stuff in storage. So it was hard finding out that the first camera that I bought in Korea “mysteriously” disappeared after I brought it out of storage.

My head just wasn’t in the game anymore. It felt like I was chewing a piece of gum that has long lost it’s flavour and now my jaw was getting sore. I would wake up in the morning to go find a sunrise to shoot and question if it all really mattered or not. Was I just pretending to be a photographer? I honestly don’t know anymore.

Having to Swallow my Pride

Outside of photography, I had to struggle with the reality that I had to go back to teaching at a Hogwan (esl language schools). This marked the end of my experiment with “pro photography” and all that goes along with that. Years ago, I was riding high off a string of jobs that I got around 2017 to 2019. I dialed back my classes and went freelance. Then Corona hit and that went all to shit.

I avoided going back the the hogwans as long as I could, hoping that I would “catch a break” but nothing ever really happened. I reached out to friends and either got nothing in return or a dismissive “maybe try working at a factory?” which at first sounded like a potshot but in reality factory wages are now better than hogwan salaries and they get better meals.

Alas, after struggling to make money from business classes that either canceled or dropped out due to COVID-19 issues, I was broken and bitter. I had to take a few hogwan jobs to pay the bills and the trip back to Canada. I applied relentlessly to university positions around Ulsan and Busan. I even tried to get into the elite international schools but only received snotty replies or nothing in response.

getting back home was amazing and bitter sweet at the same time.

I swallowed my pride and took jobs that offered wages that were equivalent or less than what I made in 2003. Sure, they were eager to hire me because they were getting a qualified teacher with a masters in Education but they were not eager to pay a wage befitting of those qualifications.

Looking Ahead to 2023

The year has just begun and it already feels different. I have accepted that this are not going to change unless I change first. Also that the reality of me becoming anything more than a hobby photographer has to be accepted. I simply do not have the skills, talent, or business savvy to hustle my way into something that I can sustain myself with.

That basically means that I will just go back to doing what I love with less pressure on myself. That is actually a blessing in disguise, if you look at it from that perspective. I get to shoot whatever I want and not really give a shit about if I am going to get hired or not.

Will this mean the end of the blog, website, and or podcast? Not at all. Fact is that without the pressure of trying to be the next Jared Polin, I can just do whatever it is that I want. If I produce nothing, who cares because I am not overly concerned with who reads this blog or not.

Again, I am no Ansel Adams or Steve McCurry. I am also not going to try and hold myself up to that level anymore. I was reading a post from a writer in Busan who had worked a lot with Nat Geo and I wished I could be like that. He just got offered a dream assignment in Japan and I felt that pang of jealousy flare up. However, there is no point. I don’t have the talent or the skill to get those jobs. So why beat myself up about it?

The bottomline here is that for 2023, I am going to just go back to what I have always done. Go back to what I was doing in 20213 or whatever because the wages here are the same anyway. I was happy then and that is really all that matters. I might as well just accept the way things are and move on and just be happy.

So that is that, here is hoping that I pop out so more content and if not click here for Jared’s latest posts.

Let’s hope 2023 brings something better for us all.

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English Worship Service at PICC (City Hall)

Koreabridge - Sat, 2023-01-07 01:12
Date: Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Dec 31 2023. Sunday, January 8, 2023 - 10:00Sunday, January 15, 2023 - 10:00Sunday, January 22, 2023 - 10:00Location: Event Type: 

Come and join our English Service at PICC Busan (close to City Hall station).

We welcome any and all people who can speak and understand English to join us every Sunday at 10am.

We are a Presbyterian Church that is focused on proving sound Biblical word and believes in the 5 Solas:

  • Sola scriptura ("by Scripture alone")
  • Sola fide ("by faith alone")
  • Sola gratia ("by grace alone")
  • Solus Christus or Solo Christo ("Christ alone" or "through Christ alone")
  • Soli Deo gloria ("glory to God alone")

Feel free to contact the English Service Pastor, Jacques for any questions at 010-8254-1403.

Visit our FaceBook page - PICC Busan - and also our YouTube channel - PICC Busan - to see our Online services.

Address: Busan Yeonjegu, Jungangcheon-ro 73 beongil 16 

We look forward to meeting you. =)

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Why do so many Koreans LOVE the Jeju dialect? | Street Interviews

Koreabridge - Fri, 2023-01-06 17:36

I've wondered what dialect Koreans like listening to, but I've also always thought it might be Busan dialect. This is because Busan dialect is perhaps the most common dialect appearing in Korean TV shows and movies, and a lot of tourism happens in Busan. However I wasn't expecting so many Koreans to also say they liked the Jeju dialect - a dialect that's over 70% unique from standard Korean and often completely incomprehensible if you're not familiar with it.

This video I filmed recently while I was in Korea and visiting Seoul. I asked people what their favorite dialect is, or if they had any dialect they were interested in learning. Here's what they said.

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