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As a Tourist in Korea – Useful Expression at the Bank Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Some tourists use their international credit card during the traveling in Korea, but they will find soon there are limited areas they can use their own credit card.  Tourists will need some cash they need to take, and most Korean banks have a system to exchange money for foreigners.  If they go to the bank to exchange their money to Korean money (WON/원).  They would need to know some useful words or phrases such as exchange “환전/hwanjeon”.  Please see the chart below,  you can learn some useful words and phrases.

Here are some useful vocabulary words and phrases you can use at the bank.

English                        Korean                                             Transliteration      Comment

cashier 출납원 chullabwon
money ton
to exchange money 돈을 환전하다 toneul hwanjeonhada
Where can I exchange money? 환전은 어디에서 할 수 있습니까? hwanjeoneun eodieseo hal su isseumnikka?
company 회사 hwesa
won won “원” [won] is the   Korean currency.
exchange rate 환율 hwanyul
What is the exchange rate? 환율이 얼마입니까? hwanyuri eolmaimnikka?
fifty 오십 osip “쉰” [swin] is the   native Korean numeral.
coins 동전 tongjeon
I want to exchange only… dollars. …달러만 환전하고 싶습니다. …taleoman hwanjeonhago sipseumnida.
eighty 팔십 palsip “여든” [yeodeun] is the   native Korean numeral.
cash 현금 hyeongeum
Here is my passport. 여기 제 여권입니다. yeogi je yeogwonimnida.
address 주소 juso
computer 컴퓨터 keompyuteo
traveler’s check 여행자수표 yeohaengja supyo
I would like to cash my traveler’s checks. 여행자 수표를 현금으로 바꾸고 싶습니다. yeohaengja supyoreul hyeongeumeuro pakkugo sipseumnida.
seven chil “일곱” [ilgop] is the   native Korean numeral.
briefcase 서류가방 seoryukabang
Do you charge a fee for that? 수수료를 받습니까? susuryoreul passeumnikka?

You can watch short video lesson reagarding asking a location of the bank.

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About the Author: Soo

Soo came to America in 2002 for studying English and getting degrees in higher education. He’d never expected to work in America after he finished his college, but he got a great job in construction and had worked with them for three years. He also has working as a FT and PT Korean instructor and tutor for seven years in Korean and America. He got his TESOL certificate in 2011 and finished his master’s degree in 2014.


  1. Theo:

    환전. Now this is the type of information I need when I go abroad this summer. Thanks for the informative article.

    • Soo:

      @Theo No problem!! Anytime! 🙂

  2. zia:

    i want to have some korean friends

    • Soo:

      @zia I can be your Korean friend. 🙂