How to Say ‘Heaven’ in Korean

When you look above, what do you see? If you’re at home, you’ll probably see the ceiling. If you’re outside, it’s the sky. But what else is up there in the sky, reaching beyond the limitations of our mind? That could be heaven! Thus, today we’ll want to teach you how to say ‘heaven’ in Korean.


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‘Heaven’ in Korean


There are two main words for how to say ‘heaven’ in Korean. The first word is 하늘 (haneul) – which is a way of saying ‘sky’ – and the second word is 천국 (cheonguk). Thus, you may prefer to say ‘heaven’ as 천국 and to ‘sky’ as 하늘.

In addition, there are other words you can use that have the same meaning. These words are:

천당 (cheondang)

하늘나라 (haneulnara)

낙원 (nakweon)

The meaning of each word directly corresponds to that of 천국 and can be used interchangeably. However, besides the word 하늘나라, it’s quite rare to see them in casual use.

Besides having the meaning of ‘heaven’, 천국 also means ‘paradise’.


A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?4


Sample Sentences



천사들이 천국에 있어요. (cheonsadeuri cheonguke isseoyo).

The angels are in heaven.

어느 날들에는 하늘에 있는 천사들이 웃고 있으면서 세상에 있는 사람들을 봐요. (eonu naldeureneun haneure inneun cheonsadeuri utgo isseumyeonseo sesange inneun saramdeureul bwayo.)

On some days the angels in heaven look at people of the world while smiling.



우리 소중한 고양이가 얼마전에 천국에 갔어. (uri sojunghan goyangiga eolmajeone cheonguke kasseo.)

Not long ago, our beloved cat went to heaven.


그 여행은 천당을 맛본것 같았어! (geu yeohaengeun cheondangeul matbongeot kathasseo!)

That trip was like experiencing paradise!


나는 죽어서 하늘나라에 간 기분이야. (naneun jukeoseo haneulnarae gan gibuniya.)

I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven.

There you go! You now know how to say ‘heaven’ in Korean. And not only that, you’ve killed three birds with one stone and learned the words for ‘sky’ and ‘paradise’ in Korean as well! What other kinds of sample sentences can you make with them? Let us know in the comments below!


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