Korean Names Part 2

Korean names remained one of the more popular posts in this blog. Many readers continue to asked through emails regarding the meaning of Korean clebrities. This time round, more people are asking names of actors as compared to my previous posts, which more are interested with idols. Seems like the popularity of actors(배우/탈렌트) are rising internationally.

As mentioned in my previous post, Korean names comprise of the surname/family name or seong(성/姓) in Korean, usually one character. Exceptions include Seonwoo (선우/鮮于), Namgoong (남궁/南宮) etc. Most given names are Hanja based. Hence, to understand Korean names, we ought to know what is the true meaning of the Hanja (Chinese characters) that are being formed. More commonly, names are two syllables. There are also individuals with only one-syllable given name, such as the case of Jo Kwon (조권). Rarely, there are also Koreans with native Korean names such as Sarang (사랑; Love), Byul (별; Star), Haneul (하늘; Sky),such as the case of Actress Jang Nara. Nara (나라) means Land in native Korean. There are even Koreans using English names, such as the case of  Actor Choi Daniel (최다니엘), Choi being his surname and Da-Ni-El being his given name. Let us see some of the examples of the meaning of Korean names which some of my readers had enquired.

Song Hye-gyo and Zo In-Sung (That Winter The Wind Blows/그겨울, 바람이 분다)

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‘Hello’ guest caught swearing about Hoya after broadcast despite Hoya solving his problem

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INFINITE Hoya (Source: http://artsnews.mk.co.kr)

In 4th February’s episode of ‘Hello (안녕하세요)’, a guest revealed that he is struggling with speech problem as he has difficulty speaking “ㄹ(rieul)”, which sounds sort of like a half r and half l sound. He dreams to be a Korean teacher and the speech problem also disallows him from saying “Sarang hae: 사랑해(I Love You)”  to his girlfriend. This also unable him from saying the name of his idol – KARA’s “Hara: 하라”, which sounds like “Haya: 하야” when he pronounce it.

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buzz Korea Interactive Movie – Annyeong [안녕] featuring 2PM and miss A

Recently, JYP’s 2PM and miss A starred in an interactive movie, Annyeong [안녕] to promote Korea’s tourism.

“Annyeong” in Korean can mean “Hi” – Annyeongha seyo; “Bye” – Annyeonghi ka seyo; and literally means “Wishing you many blessings/peace”. The interactive movie enables you to go on a 3-day journey in Korea with Korea’s honorary goodwill ambassadors, 2PM and miss A.

Episode 1 

taecyeon

Taecyeon

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Hangul Day 2011

9 Oct marks Hangul Day (한글날; Hangullal) in Korea. Hangul is the native alphabet of Koreans, which was invented by the Great King Sejong. SBS aired a new Wednesday-Thursday Drama, “Deep Rooted Tree(뿌리깊은 나무)” from Oct 5th, surrounding the invention of Hangul.

Song Joong Ki King Sejong

Song Joong Ki as the young King Sejong for "A Deep Rooted Tree" (Photo:http://tvreport.co.kr)

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Summer Korean Cuisine

Korea’s summer is hot and humid. There are two kinds of known “summer dishes” in Korea.

The first category are hot dishes. Korea has the concept of “이열치열 (以熱治熱)”, which means to relieve heat with heat. It is believed that these dishes help to replenish stamina, which is believed to loss through excessive sweating during the hot summer season. An example is Korean Ginseng Chicken or what we call Samgyetang (삼계탕) in Korean.

Another kind of Summer Dishes are the ones that cools you down during the hot and humid season. We can’t possibly eat hot dishes every meal during the sweaty and humid summer. Examples are Naengmyeon (냉면) , Patbingsu (팥빙수) and more. Let’s take a look at these awesome summer cuisines that Koreans enjoy during summer season.

Patbingsu 팥빙수

Patbingsu

Patbingsu 팥빙수 (Photo: CookCook TV)

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Korean Names

Some of my readers had asked me through e-mails regarding Korean names. Most of them had asked me the meaning of the names of Korean idols.

Basically, Korean names comprise of the surname/family name or seong(성/姓) in Korean, usually one character.  Exception includes Dok Go ( 독고), Namgoong (남궁) and more. Given names are usually Hanja based. Therefore, to understand Korean names, we ought to know what is the true meaning of the Hanja (Chinese characters) that are being formed. More commonly, names are two syllables. There are also individuals with only one-syllable given name, such as the case of Jo Kwon (조권). Rarely, there are also Koreans with native Korean names such as Sarang (사랑; Love), Byul (별; Star), Haneul (하늘; Sky) and many more. Let us see some of the examples of the meaning of Korean names which some of my readers had enquired.

SNSD’s Im Yoon-ah and Seohyun (Seo Joohyun)

Im Yoon-ah Seohyun

Im Yoon-ah and Seohyun(Photo: News Prime)

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Korean Valentine’s Day

Koreans celebrate Valentine’s Day in a differently from the West. The guys are not the ones who give presents to the girls, instead girls give fanciful chocolates to the guy they like. In return, the guy will give candies to the girl the following month (14th Mar) which is known as White Day (화이트데이) to reciprocate their love.

IU 좋은 날

IU in the music video, Good Day (좋은 날)

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