Can I use US dollars in Korea? - Money in Korea, Korean lessons for visitors to Korea

You've bought a flight ticket to Korea and booked a hotel.

Then, what's next?

You need a budget for your trip!

You might ask, "Can I use US dollars in Korea?"

Well, let's find out.

안녕하세요, 소영입니다. Annyeonghaseyo, SoYoung imnida.

Hello, I'm So-Young.

Today, I'm going to talk about money for visitors to Korea: how we call it in Korean,

what currency we use, and how much value it has;

plus a little Korean lesson. Let's start!

First of all, money is '돈' in Korean. don

돈, 돈 don, don

US dollars or other foreign currencies are not accepted

except at duty-free shops or at airports.

In Korea, people use Korean money, '한국 돈'. Hanguk don

한국 돈, 한국 돈 Hanguk don, Hanguk don

The currency is '원'. won

원, 원 won, won

How can we say in Korean "Please change my money into Korean money?"?

The answer is "한국 돈으로 바꿔 주세요." Hanguk don-euro bakwo juseyo

한국 돈으로 바꿔 주세요. Hanguk don-euro bakwo juseyo

'한국 돈' is 'Korean money'; '으로' means 'into',

'바꿔' means 'change', and '주세요'means 'please'.

When you want to change your money into US dollars,

simply put 미국(Miguk), which means American, instead of 한국(Hanguk), Korean.

So it would be "미국 돈으로 바꿔 주세요." Miguk don-euro bakwo juseyo

미국 돈으로 바꿔 주세요. Miguk don-euro bakwo juseyo

You can make your own sentence if you know the Korean word of your own country .

You can use the sentence when you are coming back to your country,

but still have some Korean money left.

Now we are in front of the currency exchange stand at Incheon Airport.

By the way, exchanging your money at the airport is not the best option since the exchangerate is not so good.

Okay, let's go to the counter and get some Korean won.

I'm back with some won in my hands.

We're not going to go too deep into these bills this time, but can you see the numbers?

They're big.

One thousand won, ten thousand won, fifty thousand won...

Actually, One US dollar is around one thousand won,

so you need to get used to these big numbers.

How to count money in Korean is important

but it's a little complicated because of these big numbers.

So we will talk about it in my next video.

Then, what can I do with this one thousand won?

Riding public transportation costs a little above one thousand won.

Having a decent lunch costs around ten thousand won.

With this fifty thousand won, you can buy 3 k-pop CDs.

I hope it helps you to get a grip on making a budget for your visit to Korea.

That's all I have for today.

Let's review the words we learned today.

Money 돈

Hanguk 한국

Korean Money 한국 돈

Please exchange it for Korean money. 한국 돈으로 바꿔 주세요.

Won (currency of South Korea) 원

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