40+ Ways to Say Goodbye in Korean & Other Greetings

Youโ€™ve learned how to start a conversation in Korean by saying hello. Now itโ€™s time to take the learning further by learning how to say โ€œgoodbyeโ€ in Korean.

Like many Korean greetings and expressions, there are lots of ways to bid farewell in Korean. Phrases vary depending on who is leaving and staying. There are also various ways of saying โ€œgoodbyeโ€ in formal Korean, as well as informal.

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A recap on Korean speech levels or politeness levels

In the article on how to say โ€œhelloโ€ in Korean, we discussed the importance of formality and politeness in the Korean language. The phrase you say may differ based on the age and social status of the person youโ€™re talking to. Your relationship or level of intimacy with this person will also dictate the politeness level, as you can be informal with people youโ€™re close with.

To recap, there are three common levels of speech in Korean:

  • Formal โ€“ Use this to show respect to a person of authority (i.e. a government official or your boss), customers (if youโ€™re working in the service industry), in a very formal business setting, or someone older who youโ€™re not close with. Formal speech is also commonly used in historical dramas and formal public broadcasts.
  • Standard Polite โ€“ This is what you will commonly hear in Korea. You can use it in everyday speech, with people at work, or someone you donโ€™t know very well.
  • Informal or Casual โ€“ Use this only if youโ€™re among close friends, somebody younger than you, or to children.

How to say โ€œhelloโ€ and โ€œhow are youโ€ in Korean

The words hello written on a phone screen

Before you learn how to say โ€œgoodbyeโ€ in Korean, you should learn how to say โ€œhelloโ€ properly first. There are many ways to say โ€œhelloโ€ in Korean but ์•ˆ๋…•ํ•˜์„ธ์š” (annyeong haseyo) is the standard and most common.

But in more formal settings, you can say ๋…•ํ•˜์‹ญ๋‹ˆ๊นŒ (annyeong hasimnikka). When in the company of close friends, you can be casual and say ์•ˆ๋…• (annyeong), which incidentally, is also an informal way to say โ€œgoodbyeโ€ in Korean.

Itโ€™s always nice to follow up โ€œhelloโ€ with a polite โ€œhow are you?โ€. To do this, you can say, ์ž˜ ์ง€๋ƒˆ์–ด์š”? (jaljinaesseoyo?) or ์ž˜ ์žˆ์—ˆ์–ด์š”? (jal isseosseoyo?), which are both standard forms of โ€œhow are you?โ€.

And with these out of the way, you can finally learn how to say โ€œgoodbyeโ€ in Korean!

Also Read: How to Say “Hello” and “How Are You” in Korean

Ways to say goodbye in Korean + other Korean greetings

์•ˆ๋…•ํžˆ ๊ฐ€์„ธ์š” (an-nyeong-hi-ga-se-yo) โ€“ Goodbye, if the other person is leaving

Girl looking back

To say โ€œgoodbyeโ€ in Korean, you have to know first who is leaving. Is it you or the person youโ€™re talking to? If you are staying and the other person is leaving, you should say annyeonghi gaseyo. ์•ˆ๋…•ํžˆ ๊ฐ€์„ธ์š” is โ€œgoodbyeโ€ in Hangul.

Like in ์•ˆ๋…•ํ•˜์„ธ์š” (annyeong haseyo), ์•ˆ๋…• means โ€œwell-beingโ€ or โ€œpeaceโ€. In annyeonghi gaseyo, the ํžˆ (hi) turns annyeong into an adverb so ์•ˆ๋…•ํžˆ becomes โ€œpeacefully.โ€

There is no single Korean word for โ€œgoodbye,โ€ but the word ๊ฐ€ (ga) is the closest. It means โ€œgoโ€ or โ€œleaveโ€ and ๊ฐ€์„ธ์š” (gaseyo) is the polite way of telling someone to go. Put together, ์•ˆ๋…•ํžˆ ๊ฐ€์„ธ์š” means โ€œgo peacefully.โ€

Here are other ways of saying โ€œgoodbyeโ€ in varying formality levels:

์ž˜ ๊ฐ€์š” (jal-ga-yo) โ€“ Goodbye, if the other person is leaving

Another way of saying โ€œgoodbyeโ€ in Korean, if you are staying and the other person is leaving, is ์ž˜ ๊ฐ€์š” (jal gayo). ์ž˜ (jal) means โ€œwellโ€ so ์ž˜ ๊ฐ€์š” translates as โ€œgo well.โ€ You can say ์ž˜ ๊ฐ€ (jal ga) when talking to people youโ€™re close with or people younger than you.

์•ˆ๋…•ํžˆ ๊ณ„์„ธ์š” (an-nyeong-hi-gye-se-yo) โ€“ Goodbye, if you are leaving

Waving goodbye out the train window

Say you are leaving behind the person youโ€™re talking to. To say โ€œgoodbye,โ€ you can ์•ˆ๋…•ํžˆ ๊ณ„์„ธ์š” (annyeonghi gyeseyo). ๊ฐ€ (ga) becomes ๊ณ„ (gye). ๊ณ„์„ธ์š” (gyeseyo) is the polite form of ์žˆ์œผ์„ธ์š” (isseuseyo), from the verb ์žˆ๋‹ค (itda), which means โ€œto exist.โ€ Therefore, ์•ˆ๋…•ํžˆ ๊ณ„์„ธ์š” (annyeonghi gyeseyo) literally means โ€œto peacefully exist.โ€

And here are its other forms:

The pronunciation of ์•ˆ๋…•ํžˆ ๊ฐ€์„ธ์š” and ์•ˆ๋…•ํžˆ ๊ณ„์„ธ์š” can seem confusing at first. But with enough practice, youโ€™ll be able to easily differentiate the two. And when you listen to native Koreans speaking these phrases, they usually speak fast so you won’t even notice the difference and just understand based on the context.

๋‚˜ ๋จผ์ € ๊ฐˆ๊ฒŒ (na-meonjeo-gal-ge) โ€“ Goodbye, if you are leaving

Another way of saying โ€œgoodbyeโ€ in informal Korean is ๋‚˜ ๋จผ์ € ๊ฐˆ๊ฒŒ or na meonjeo galge, which means โ€œI will go first.โ€ If youโ€™ve been watching K-dramas or Korean variety shows for quite some time, this should be familiar to you because it is a phrase is frequently said in Korea. ๋‚˜ ๋จผ์ € ๊ฐ€์š” (na meonjeo gayo) is the formal way of saying it.

๋น ์ด (ba-i) โ€“ Bye

The Korean language has a lot of Konglish (Korean + English) words and ๋น ์ด, pronounced as ba-i, is one of those. It is simply โ€œbyeโ€ in Korean and since itโ€™s a casual word, you can only use this to your close friends or close family members.

๋‹ค์Œ์— ๋ด์š” (da-eum-e-bwa-yo) โ€“ See you next time

If you want to say โ€œbyeโ€ in the Korean language, but also want to see the person again in the future, you can say ๋‹ค์Œ์— ๋ด์š” (daeume bwayo).

๋‹ค์Œ์— (daeume) means โ€œnext timeโ€ in Korean, while ๋ด์š” (bwayo) is the polite form of ๋ณด๋‹ค (boda) which means โ€œto see.โ€ So ๋‹ค์Œ์— ๋ด์š” means โ€œsee you next time.โ€ In informal settings, you can say ๋‹ค์Œ์— ๋ด (daeume bwa).

If someone told you ๋‹ค์Œ์— ๋ด์š” and you want to say it back, you can respond with these:

๋˜ (do) means โ€œagainโ€ so ๋‹ค์Œ์— ๋˜ ๋ด์š” (daeume ddo bwayo) just means โ€œsee you againโ€ or โ€œsee you again next time.โ€ ๋˜ ๋ด์š” (ddo bwayo) is its shortened but still polite version.

๋‚˜์ค‘์— ๋ด์š” (na-jung-e-bwa-yo) โ€“ See you later

Mother waving goodbye to her son

Another way of saying โ€œgoodbyeโ€ in Korean is ๋‚˜์ค‘์— ๋ด์š” (najunge bwayo) which means โ€œsee you later.โ€

๋‚˜์ค‘์— (najunge) means โ€œlater.โ€ To make the phrase informal, you just have to remove ์š” (yo) and make it ๋‚˜์ค‘์— ๋ด (najunge bwa). Remember to use this only with close friends!

And just like with ๋‹ค์Œ์— ๋ด์š” (daeume bwayo), you can also add ๋˜ (do) to make it ๋‚˜์ค‘์— ๋˜ ๋ด์š” (najunge ddo bwayo), which means โ€œsee you again later.โ€

๋‚ด์ผ ๋ด์š” (na-eil-bwa-yo) โ€“ See you tomorrow

If youโ€™re saying goodbye to someone but youโ€™ve made plans to meet up again the next day, you can say ๋‚ด์ผ ๋ด์š” (naeil bwayo). ๋‚ด์ผ (naeil) is the Korean word for โ€œtomorrowโ€ so ๋‚ด์ผ ๋ด์š” (naeil bwayo) translates to โ€œsee you tomorrow.โ€

There are two other ways of saying this expression:

์ž˜ ๋“ค์–ด๊ฐ€์„ธ์š” (jal-deu-reo-ga-se-yo) โ€“ Go in well or enter well

Common greetings like โ€œhelloโ€ and โ€œgoodbyeโ€ in Korean are also ways to wish for the well-being of the other person. Aside from saying the requisite โ€œgoodbye,โ€ you can also say ์ž˜ ๋“ค์–ด๊ฐ€์„ธ์š” (jal deureogaseyo). You can say this when you are both leaving.

์ž˜ (jal) means โ€œwellโ€ while ๋“ค์–ด๊ฐ€ (deuroga) means โ€œto enterโ€ so ์ž˜ ๋“ค์–ด๊ฐ€์„ธ์š” literally means โ€œenter well.โ€ You can use this phrase when the other person is going home or going back to school or work, or wherever it is he or she came from. ์ž˜ ๋“ค์–ด๊ฐ€ (jal deureoga) is its informal version.

์กฐ์‹ฌํžˆ ๊ฐ€์„ธ์š” (jo-shim-hi-ga-se-yo) โ€“ Leave safely or have a safe journey

Korean girls greeting each other

Another way to say โ€œgoodbyeโ€ in Korean, if the other person is leaving, is ์กฐ์‹ฌํžˆ ๊ฐ€์„ธ์š” (joshimhi gaseyo). The adverb ์กฐ์‹ฌํžˆ (joshimhi) means โ€œcarefullyโ€ so saying ์กฐ์‹ฌํžˆ ๊ฐ€์„ธ์š” is like wishing for safe travels for the other person.

์กฐ์‹ฌํžˆ ๊ฐ€ (joshimhi ga) is the informal way of saying this. You can also say ์กฐ์‹ฌํžˆ ๋“ค์–ด๊ฐ€์„ธ์š” (joshimhi deureogaseyo) if the other person is going home. Notice that this is a variant of ์ž˜ ๋“ค์–ด๊ฐ€์„ธ์š” (jal deureogaseyo). The difference is just the use of ์ž˜ (jal) and ์กฐ์‹ฌํžˆ (joshimhi) but they virtually mean the same thing.

์ € ๊ฐ€์•ผ๊ฒ ์–ด์š” (jeo-ga-ya-ge-sseo-yo) โ€“ Gotta go or gotta run

In English, we sometimes substitute โ€œgotta goโ€ or โ€œgotta runโ€ with โ€œgoodbye.โ€ Koreans do the same by saying ์ € ๊ฐ€์•ผ๊ฒ ์–ด์š” (jeo gayagesseoyo). When saying this to close friends, you can drop the ์š” (yo) and say ๊ฐ€์•ผ๊ฒ ๋‹ค (gayagetda).

๋Š์„๊ฒŒ์š” (kkeunh-eul-ge-yo) โ€“ Goodbye on the phone

Girl smiling

Youโ€™ve learned that to say โ€œhelloโ€ on the phone, you have to say ์—ฌ๋ณด์„ธ์š” (yeoboseyo). But how do you say goodbye?

There are a number of ways of saying โ€œgoodbyeโ€ in Korean when ending a phone call. A common expression is ๋Š์„๊ฒŒ์š” (kkeunh eulgeyo), as well as its informal counterpart ๋Š์–ด (kkun-heo). To say this in a formal way, like if youโ€™re talking to your boss, you can say ๋Š๊ฒ ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค (kkeunh gessseubnida). These phrases literally mean โ€œIโ€™ll hang up.โ€

Interestingly, ๋“ค์–ด๊ฐ€์„ธ์š” (deureogaseyo) is also used when saying โ€œgoodbyeโ€ on the phone. You can also say ๋‹ค์Œ์— ๋˜ ์—ฐ๋ฝ๋“œ๋ฆด๊ฒŒ์š” (daeume ddo yeonlagdeulilgeyo), which means โ€œIโ€™ll get back to you laterโ€. You can say this when the person on the line has a question or concern that youโ€™re not able to attend to right away.

But perhaps, the most common way of ending a phone call in Korean is by saying ๋„ค~ (ne~), which means โ€œyes.โ€ ๋„ค is a versatile Korean word โ€“ it can be used as a response but it can also be a question and in this case, it can be a way to punctuate a conversation.

์ž˜ ์ž์š” (jal-ja-yo) โ€“ Good night

Finally, if youโ€™re saying bidding someone farewell at night, you can also say โ€œgood night.โ€ The most common way of saying this ์ž˜ ์ž์š” (jal jayo) but there are plenty of other ways to say it:

Now you know the different ways of saying โ€œgoodbyeโ€ in Korean! Youโ€™ve definitely added handful of new entries in your Korean vocabulary.

Want to learn Korean but donโ€™t know where to start? We have an extensive list of resources, including apps, online courses, books, podcasts, and online tutors for you to choose from! Happy studying and ๋‹ค์Œ์— ๋ด์š”!

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