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Hangeul Emoticons You Need To Know When Texting!

Make sure you’re down with the lingo next time you’re wanting to message your Korean friends, or perhaps for that time you might date an idol. Whatever the reason, you’ll need to know these basic Korean emoticons to impress the socks off of them. Compared to western emoticons which are sideways, there will be no need to tilt your head. For some of these emojis you will need a Korean Keyboard. Let’s get typing!


©My love who came from a star, 20.01.2018,


Happy emoticons.

If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show, if you’re happy and you know it, send a Hangul Emoticon!

ㅋㅋㅋ –

© I am not a Robot, 19.01.2018,

Used like the Korean LOL, it’s pronounced as ‘KeuKeuKeu.’ The more ㅋ you put, the funnier something is. Even if we know that you probably didn’t laugh.


ㅎㅎㅎ –


Once again this is ‘hahaha’ hilarious. Another way to show how funny you found that Dad joke. Variation can include, ㅍㅎㅎ’Peuhaha’ which means exactly the same.


‘ㅂ’ or ^ㅂ^ –

©I am not a Robot, 19.01.2018,

This one is pretty obvious, it’s a happy face! Just look how cute these guys are!  ‘ㅂ’


^^ –

©Oh My Venus, 19.01.2018,

This one is popular among Korean emoticons and doesn’t mean that your friend is referring to the text above. Not that we ever thought that of course. *Looks away embarrassed.*


~ –

©School 2017, 19.01.2018,

Have you ever seen this after a sentence from one of your friends? Well, we have and until now we always wondered what it meant. It’s like saying something in a cutesy voice. It extends the last syllable and makes it more cute or ‘aegyo.’ Eg: 보고싶어~ ^^, I miss you~ ^^

The not so happy emoticons.

©Twice, 19.01.2018,

I’m like TT, just like TT. A very popular way of showing that perfect crying face. Variations include, ㅠㅠ and ㅠ_ㅠ.


ㅇㅈㄴ –

©Save me, 19.01.2018,

It took us a while to figure this one out, but once you do you’ll think it’s as cool as we do. It’s a person on the floor crying, his problems away. This emoticon is for when TT isn’t quite enough to express how sad you feel. A variation is OTL.


ㄴㄴ –

©Oh My Venus, 19.01.2018,

An abbreviation of no no, this will help you if you aren’t in the mood to go out. No one needs to know you’ll be at home binge-watching your new K-Drama obsession, ‘I am not a Robot.’ (If you aren’t already watching it, check it out!!)


ㅇㅁㅇ –

©My Love from a star, 19.01.2018,

SHE SAID WHAT?! Shocked face emoticon! You can use this when your friend cancels on you, you know she’s just staying at home to watch K-Dramas.

ㅈㅅ –

©Legend of the blue sea, 20.01.2018,

A shortened version of 죄송합니다 or ‘Sorry’, and I am sure that you’ll need it at some point. If you tell you’re idol boyfriend that you’re ㅈㅅ you couldn’t afford the plane ticket to Korea to see him perform. You can use it then.


Other Useful emoticons.

ㅇㅋ –

©Kim Bok Joo, 20.01.2018,

It means OK, like the Korean word ‘오케이’. It definitely has to be better than just the letter ‘K’, we all have to admit that that’s the worst.

ㄳ –

©Lee Min Ho, 20.01.2018,

Thank you for reading this far! These two characters are an excellent way to show how grateful you are. This is short for thank you, 감사합니다.

ㅃ –

©My love from a star, 19.01.2018,

Last but not least you will need this to say ‘Bye Bye’ the English for ‘바이바이’. Remember though goodbyes aren’t always sad. They’re not endings but also beginnings.

I hope that has helped just a little bit and now you can be more confident in messaging whoever you want!

ㅃ~! ^_^

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Featured image source ©Twice, 19.01.2018,


Molly Goode

Unashamedly a giant nerd and bibliophile. Obsessing over Korea has become my life. <3



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