Animals in Korean

Dogs, cats, snakes, horses, what do all these words have in common? They’re all animals! It’s fun to talk about your favorite wildlife when you learn Korean. So let’s boost our vocabulary and learn the words for all the different creatures in the Korean language.

We’ve made it easy by putting together a list and some examples. So let’s start the lesson!

various wild animals

Animal in Korean

To start out, we should know that the word for animals in Korea is 동물 (dongmul)

동물 (dongmul)


While there are a lot of wild animals in South Korea, you’ll probably tend to see most of them at the 동물원 (dongmulwon). Any idea what that is? It’s a place where you’ll see a lot of Korean animals in one place.

동물원 (dongmulwon)


Now that we have that out of the way, let’s look at some lists of animals. Keep in mind that these are very general lists, and many animals could be included in multiple lists. We’re just keeping it simple.

Pets in Korean

개 (gae) = dog

강아지 (gangaji) = dog

고양이 (goyangi) = cat

새 (sae) = bird

물고기 (mulgogi) = fish

Farm Animals

말 (mal) = horse

조랑말 (jorangmal) = pony

소 (so) = cow

쥐 (jwi) = mouse

돼지 (dwaeji) = pig

염소 (yeomso) = goat

양 (yang) = sheep

나비 (nabi) = butterfly

닭 (dak) = chicken

게 (ge) = crab

바닷가재 (badatgajae) = lobster

칠면조 (chilmyeonjo) = turkey

Forest Animals

늑대 (neukdae) = wolf

사슴 (saseum) = deer

황소 (hwangso) = ox

코뿔소 (koppulso) = rhinoceros

너구리 (neoguri) = raccoon

판다 (panda) = panda

하마 (hama) = hippo

토끼 (tokki) = rabbit

다람쥐 (daramjwi) = squirrel

곰 (gom) = bear

여우 (yeou) = fox

산토끼 (santokki) = hare

Aquatic Animals

고래 (gorae) = whale

거북이 (geobuki) = turtle

악어 (ageo) = crocodile

개구리 (gaeguri) = frog

물개 (mulgae) = otter

돌고래 (dolgorae) = dolphin

상어 (sangeo) = shark

오징어 (ojingeo) = squid

문어 (muneo) = octopus

오소리 (osori) = badger

잉어 (ingeo) = carp

고등어 (godeungeo) = mackerel

장어 (jangeo) = eel

가오리 (gaori) = stingray


앵무새 (aengmusae) = parrot

까치 (kkaji) = magpie

참새 (chamsae) = sparrow

까마귀 (kkamagwi) = crow

공작 (gongjak) = peacock

비둘기 (bidulgi) = dove

팽귄 (paenggwin) = penguin

타조 (tajo) = ostrich

두루미 (durumi) = crane

백조 (baekjo) = swan

독수리 (doksuri) = eagle

갈매기 (galmaegi) = gull

오리 (ori) = duck

거위 (geowi) = goose

매 (mae) = hawk

Various Wild Animals

사자 (saja) = lion

호랑이 (horangi) = tiger

고릴라 (gorilla) = gorilla

원숭이 (wonsungi) = monkey

침팬지 (chimpaenji) = chimpanzee

오랑우탄 (orangutan) = orangutan

얼룩말 (eollukmal) = zebra

표범 (pyobeom) = leopard

치타 (chita) = cheetah

코끼리 (kokkiri) = elephant

기린 (girin) = giraffe

뱀 (baem) = snake

낙타 (nakta) = camel

하이에나 (haiena) = hyena

영양 (yeongyang) = antelope

코알라 (koalla) = koala

도마뱀 (domabaem) = lizard

들소 (deulso) = bison

물소 (mulso) = water buffalo

캥거루 (kaengeoru) = kangaroo

개미 (gaemi) = ant

달팽이 (dalpaengi) = snail

모기 (mogi) = mosquito

북극곰 (bukgeukgom) = polar bear

National Animal of South Korea

Do you know what the South Korean National animal happens to be? It’s 호랑이 (horangi), tiger! The Siberian tiger is in many mythical stories in Korean culture, and some even think the Korean peninsula resembles a tiger.

The national bird of South Korea is the 까치 (kkaji), Asian magpie.

animals in the jungle

Korean Sample Sentences

We didn’t forget the simple Korean sentences to help you start some conversations! These are in standard Korean and are considered polite, you can use them in most situations.

제일 좋아하는 동물은 뭐예요? → What is your favorite animal?

(jeil joahaneun dongmureun mwoyeyo?)

내 제일 좋아하는 동물은 판다야. → My favorite animal is panda.

(nae jeil joahaneun dongmureun pandaya.)

그 동물원에서 북극곰도 있던데. → That zoo has polar bears as well.

(geu dongmulwoneseo bukgeukgomdo itdeonde.)

So today you've learned a lot of different wildlife vocabulary in Korean! Was there one we forgot but you'd like to know? Let us know and we'll add it to the list.

What's your favorite animal? Whether it's a cat, dog, horse, mouse, chicken, or even a snake, see if you can make a Korean sentence with it. Leave it in the comments below and we'll check your Korean!

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