Goodbye in Korean: 16 Best Ways to Say Bye in Korean (2023)

Learning how to say goodbye in another language like Korean is a great way to ensure that there isn’t any awkwardness when you leave a situation and you end an interaction in a natural way.

After learning key greetings like “hello” and “how are you”, the next important phrase to add to your vocabulary is “goodbye” since it is a great way to end a conversation.

As you may be aware if you have learned some phrases in Korean already, there isn’t a one size fits all word in Korea for “goodbye”.

You will need to know different versions of goodbye in Korean depending on the context of the situation and who you are addressing.

Since Korean is a language based on respect, you will need to learn how to speak in three general ways, formal, standard, and informal depending on who you are speaking to.

Also, when saying “goodbye” you will need to change what you say depending on if you are saying goodbye when leaving the situation or remaining and wishing farewell to someone else.

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How to Say Goodbye in Korean at a Glance

Before we begin, take a look at this brief overview of the farewell phrases we will be learning today.

  • “Goodbye” (formal, when staying): 안녕히 가십시오 (annyeonghi gasipsio)
  • “Goodbye” (formal, when leaving): 안녕히 계십시오 (annyeonghi gyesipsio)
  • “Goodbye” (standard, when staying): 안녕히 가세요 (annyeonghi gaseyo)
  • “Goodbye” (standard, when leaving): 안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi gyeseyo)
  • “Go”(standard): 가세요 (gaseyo)
  • “Go well” (standard): 잘 가요 (jal gayo)
  • “Stay well” (standard): 잘 있어요 (Jal Isseoyo)
  • “Bye” (informal): 안녕 (Annyeong)
  • “Go well” (informal): 잘 가 (jal ga)
  • “I’ll go first” (informal): 나 먼저 갈게 (na meonjeo galge)
  • “See you next time” (informal): 다음에 봐 (daeume bwa)
  • “See you tomorrow”(informal) 내일 봐 (naeil bwa)

How to Say “Goodbye” in Korean (Formal)

When saying goodbye in Korean, there are two ways of saying goodbye depending on if you are leaving or staying.

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To wish someone “goodbye” in formal situations you would say “안녕히 가십시오 annyeonghi gasipsio” when someone else is leaving and you are staying.

“안녕히 가십시오 Annyeonghi gasipsio” actually translates roughly to “please go well”, so when someone is going, you wish them goodbye in this way.

When you are the one leaving and are wishing a farewell to someone else you would say “안녕히 계십시오 annyeonghi gyesipsio” which means “please stay well”.

Since you are the one leaving the situation it makes sense to wish goodbye to the person who is staying in this way.

This pattern of saying goodbye in two different situations follows throughout the other speech levels so it is important to understand.

However, these formal phrases are in fact overly formal and so you will only really hear them on television and radio shows or when the owner of a shop or restaurant is respectfully wishing you goodbye as you are leaving their establishment.

How to Say “Goodbye” in Korean (Standard)

You will need to know the standard version of “goodbye” since these are the versions that you will use most often.

Speaking in the standard form of Korean acts as a polite and neutral way to talk with people who are of the same age or social standing as you.

Although you won’t necessarily use this form with people you are close with, it always pays to be polite which is why the standard forms of “goodbye” are the most commonly used.

1. 안녕히 가세요 (Annyeonghi Gaseyo) – Goodbye in Korean When Staying

To say goodbye when the other person is leaving you would say “안녕히 가세요 annyeonghi gaseyo”.

“안녕히 Annyeonghi” derives from the Korean word “안녕 annyeong”. Although “안녕 annyeong” is a common way to say “hello” in Korean, it actually means “peace” and “안녕히 annyeonghi” translates to peacefully.

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Combining “안녕히 annyeonghi” with the polite form of telling somebody to go “가세요 gaseyo” and you get the phrase “안녕히 가세요 annyeonghi gaseyo” meaning “go peacefully”.

This is a polite phrase to use when someone is going and can be used in most situations.

2. 안녕히 계세요 (Annyeonghi Gyeseyo) – Goodbye in Korean When Leaving

Similar to the last phrase, “안녕히 계세요 annyeonghi gyeseyo” is the standard “goodbye” that you would use when you are the person leaving and the person you are talking to is staying.

Combining “안녕히 annyeonghi” meaning peacefully with “계세요 gyeseyo” which derives from the verb “to exist” – “안녕히 계세요 annyeonghi gyeseyo” effectively translates to “peacefully exist” or “peacefully stay”.

Be aware that the similarity between both of the two standard versions of “goodbye” mentioned so far can make it difficult to remember which is the right one to use for each situation.

Since “가세요 gaseyo” and “계세요 gyeseyo” look and sound alike, the only way to ensure you are saying the correct “goodbye” phrase is to practise and practise some more!

3. 가세요 (Gaseyo) – “Go” in Korean

Another common standard way to say “goodbye” in Korean is to say “가세요 gaseyo”.

This short phrase is often used by older people when saying goodbye to younger people as it is simply a polite way of saying ”go”.

4. 잘 가요 (Jal Gayo) – “Go Well” in Korean

A simple and polite way to wish someone well when they are leaving is to say “잘 가요 jal gayo” which is literally translated as “go well”.

You can only say this expression to someone who is leaving as it wouldn’t make sense if you said it as you were leaving.

5. 잘 있어요 (Jal Isseoyo) – “Stay Well” in Korean

As you may have noticed, all the “go” goodbye phrases have an opposing “stay” goodbye phrase that completes the pair.

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Therefore, when you are wishing someone farewell and you are the one leaving, you would say “잘 있어요 jal isseoyo” meaning simply “stay well”.

How to Say “Goodbye” in Korean (Informal)

Informal “goodbyes” are useful to know when verbally parting ways with a close friend or a family member.

You need to be mindful when speaking casually to people in Korea so as to not cause offense.

Therefore, you would not use the informal speech level when at work, when talking to people older/more senior than you, or when talking to strangers.

1. 안녕 (Annyeong) – “Bye” in Korean

The easiest and most common way to say “goodbye” in Korean is to say “안녕 annyeong”.

Actually, “안녕 annyeong” is also a Korean way to say “hello”.

Since “안녕 annyeong” translates as “peace” in Korean, it is used in the same way Italians use the word “ciao”.

“안녕 Annyeong” is a great word to remember since not only can it be used for both “hello” and “bye” but it can also be said when saying “bye” to someone no matter if they are staying or going.

2. 잘 가 (Jal Ga) – “Go Well” in Korean

The informal form of “잘 가요 jal gayo” is “잘 가 jal ga” meaning “go well” and it can be used as a casual greeting to a friend if they are leaving.

As you can see, it is simple to create an informal phrase from a standard one by simply taking off the last character “요”.

3. 나 먼저 갈게 (Na Meonjeo Galge) – “I’ll go first” in Korean

A commonly used expression for saying “goodbye” in Korea is saying “I’ll go first”.

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When you are announcing that you are leaving you would say “나 먼저 갈게 na meonjeo galge”.

This phrase is usually said between friends as it is an informal phrase. You may also have heard it in Korean dramas.

4. 다음에 봐 (Daeume Bwa) – “See You Next Time” in Korean

If you want to mix up your vocabulary when talking to friends, then learning to say a phrase like “see you next time” is a great idea.

Say “다음에 봐 daeume bwa” when you want to say “see you later” to a friend you will surely see again.

5. 내일 봐 (Naeil Bwa) – “See You Tomorrow” in Korean

Another useful alternative to “goodbye” is “내일 봐 naeil bwa” which means “see you tomorrow”.

If you want to make this term more polite, all you have to do is simply add the character “요” to the end.

Alternatively, if you are going to see someone tomorrow who is a lot more senior than you in social standing and want to formally say “see you tomorrow” to them, then you should change “봐” to “보세요” making “내일 보세요 naeil boseyo”.

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Goodbye in Korean – Final Thoughts

Hopefully, now you understand the ways in which to say “goodbye” in Korean and will be able to say farewell to anyone you wish to, no matter if you are leaving or staying and no matter the social context!

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How many ways can you say goodbye in Korean? ›

There are 4 ways to say “goodbye” in Korean that use the standard form: You can say 안녕히 가세요 (annyeonghi gaseyo), 안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi gyeseyo), 가세요 (gaseyo), and 잘 가요 (jal gayo).

How do you say bye in a cute way? ›

13 Ways To Say “Goodbye”
  1. Until next time. This option is mostly used in casual situations, but can also work in formal settings. ...
  2. Talk to you later. ...
  3. See you soon. ...
  4. Take care. ...
  5. Farewell. ...
  6. So long. ...
  7. Don't be a stranger. ...
  8. Take it easy.

What is bwayo in Korean? ›

"Bwayo" means "See you"

How do you say bye in slang? ›

  1. (formal): adieu, farewell.
  2. (informal): bye, bye-bye, catch you later, mind how you go, see ya, see you, see you in the funny papers (US, informal, dated), so long, ta ta, tatty bye, toodeloo, toodles, TTFN, ttyl.
  3. (slang): buh-bye, cya, hasta la vista, later, laters, keep it real, peace, peace out, take it easy.

How do you say bye in text? ›

  1. Bye! Short and simple. ...
  2. Later! / See you later! / Catch you later! Later is short for see you later or catch you later. ...
  3. See ya! ...
  4. I gotta run / I gotta take off / I gotta split / I gotta head out. ...
  5. I'm off! / I'm outta here!
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How do Koreans set bye? ›

  1. #1 안녕히 가세요 (annyeonghi gaseyo) - “Goodbye” in Korean when someone is leaving. ...
  2. #2 안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi gyeseyo) - “Bye” in Korean when you're leaving. ...
  3. #3 안녕히 가십시오 (annyeonghi gasipsio) or 안녕히 계십시오 (annyeonghi gyesipsio) - formal “Goodbye” in Korean. ...
  4. #4 가세요 (gaseyo) - “Go” in Korean. ...
  5. #5 잘 가요 (jal gayo) - “Go well” in Korean.
Aug 17, 2020

How do you say goodbye in 15 different languages? ›

Goodbye in Different Languages
  1. English = Goodbye, Bye, Farewell, Ta, Cheers, See You Later. ...
  2. French = Au Revoir. ...
  3. Spanish = Adios. ...
  4. Italian = Arrivederci / Ciao. ...
  5. Portuguese = Adeus. ...
  6. Maori = Kia koa. ...
  7. Australian= Ta. ...
  8. Greek = Yasou.
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How do you say romantic bye? ›

Sweet Ways to Say Goodbye
  1. I wish I didn't have to go. ...
  2. I can't wait to see you again. ...
  3. I already miss you. ...
  4. I am only leaving to come back soon. ...
  5. I am keeping a part of me with you. ...
  6. I'll be counting the seconds until I see you again. ...
  7. Blow them a kiss.
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What is a good bye message? ›

There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” – Mahatma Gandhi. “We'll meet again, Don't know where, don't know when, But I know we'll meet again, Some sunny day.” –

How do you say goodbye forever? ›

9 Ways to Make Saying Goodbye Forever Easier
  1. 1 Process your emotions.
  2. 2 Tell the person how much they mean to you.
  3. 3 Apologize or forgive them if you need to.
  4. 4 Hold a farewell ceremony.
  5. 5 Focus on happy memories.
  6. 6 Lean on your support system.
  7. 7 Take all the time you need to grieve.
  8. 8 Occupy yourself with other things.

What is ARA ARA in Korean? ›

The informal way of saying “I know” in Korean is 알아 (ara). Note that you have to be careful if you speak to a stranger or a much older person (without getting their permission) using informal words because you'll likely offend them.

What is joahaeyo in Korean? ›

Specifically, 좋아합니다 (joahamnida), 좋아요( joayo), or 좋아해요 (joahaeyo) can be used to say “I like it” in Korean. These phrases can be used to express liking an object or a person.

What is nae Il in Korean? ›

The basic way to say tomorrow, as in the day that comes after tomorrow, is using the word 내일 (naeil). 명일 (myeongil) means tomorrow with the same meaning as 내일 (naeil).

What does BOI bye mean? ›

It's a simple way of saying “leave me alone and get out of my face”, and can also be used as an alternative way of saying “shut up”. “Boy, bye” is actually a reworked version of the phrase, “Bye Felicia”, which was popularised by the 1995 movie Friday and re-emerged as a popular meme in 2014.

What is bye in short? ›

If you say, "Bye!" you mean "farewell" or "so long." In other words, bye is a shorter way to say, "Goodbye."

Is it goodbye or good bye? ›

All of these spellings are legitimate, but if you want to go with the most popular one, it's “goodbye.” This spelling has the advantage of recalling the word's origins in phrases like “God be with ye.”

What does BYE * mean in text? ›

used as a shortened form of goodbye to express farewell.

How do you respond to goodbye in Korean? ›

To reply, you would need to say: 안녕히 계세요. (Annyeonghi gyeseyo.)

Why do Koreans add yo at the end? ›

Does 요[yo] make everything more polite in Korean? The short answer is yes. With the particle 요 [yo], you can make words sound more polite.

How do Koreans greet? ›

Koreans say “안녕하세요 [an nyeong ha seyo]?” while slightly bowing their head when they greet others. “안녕하세요?”is used interchangeably to say “Hi, hello, good morning/afternoon/evening”. You can simply say “안녕?” when you are greeting your friends or a person younger than you.

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"50 Ways to Say Goodbye" is a pop rock song in the key of E♭ minor. It is in common time with a tempo of 140 beats per minute.

What is a word for hello and goodbye? ›

"Salut" can be used both for "hello" and "goodbye". It is an informal way of greeting someone or bidding them farewell. If someone introduces you to a new person, and it is an informal setting, with people your age, you say "salut". And then when each party goes in a different direction, you can say "salut" again.

Is there a word for hello and goodbye? ›

Ciao (/tʃaʊ/ CHOW, Italian: [ˈtʃaːo] ( listen)) is an informal salutation in the Italian language that is used for both "hello" and "goodbye". Originally from the Venetian language, it has entered the vocabulary of English and of many other languages around the world.

How do you say goodbye in Japanese? ›

Top 20 Ways to Say Goodbye in Japanese
  1. Sayonara (さようなら) – Farewell, Goodbye (formal, rarely used) ...
  2. Bai Bai (バイバイ) – Bye-bye (casual) ...
  3. Jaa Ne (じゃあね) – See you (casual, frequently used) ...
  4. Mata Ne (またね) – See you later (casual, frequently used) ...
  5. Ittekimasu (行って来ます) – I'm leaving (when leaving home) ...
  6. Ojama Shimashita (お邪魔しました。)
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Is Goodbye short for God be with you? ›

The practice of saying goodbye goes back centuries, with first evidence of the interjection found around 1565–75. It's a contraction of the phrase “God be with ye.”

What is kissing goodbye? ›

To kiss prior to departing.

How to say bye to a girl? ›

Cute ways to say goodbye to your lover
  1. 01“Bye-bye, butterfly” ...
  2. 02“Farewell, milady” ...
  3. 03“You made my day so special” ...
  4. 04“Give a hug, ladybug” ...
  5. 05“Take care, teddy bear” ...
  6. 06“Blow a kiss, goldfish” ...
  7. 07“See you later, cutie pie” ...
  8. 08“I can't wait to see your beautiful face again”
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How do I say goodbye to my girlfriend forever? ›

Goodbye Messages For Girlfriend
  1. I don't like goodbyes. It hurts and it leaves you to tears. ...
  2. I am not sad my love, I am just hopeful. ...
  3. Goodbyes are certainly painful. ...
  4. I don't like the word goodbye. ...
  5. I don't know how will I spend my days without you. ...
  6. Just like our sweet fights, ...
  7. The wait maybe longer. ...
  8. There is some pain,

What is a sentence for goodbye? ›

He said his goodbyes and left. They said goodbye and went their separate ways. They waved goodbye from the window. She kissed him goodbye.

What does Juseyo mean? ›

Please” in Korean – 주세요 (juseyo)

What is Yeoboseyo mean? ›

여보세요 • (yeoboseyo) hello (when asking or answering the telephone) hello (when trying to get the attention of someone who does not appear to be listening)

What does Molla mean in Korean? ›

Like, 아직(Ajik) means “yet”, 잘(jal) means “well”, and 몰라(molla) means “do not know”; so it means "I don't know yet."

What is Chincha in Korean? ›

Chincha is a typical korean expression translated as really, meaning surprise.

What is Nekoya Korean? ›

"Nekkoya (Pick Me)" (Korean: 내꺼야 (Pick Me); RR: Naekkeoya (Pick Me); The word 'Naekkeoya' translates to 'You're mine' in Korean ) is a song performed by the contestants of the competition show Produce 48 and serves as the show's theme song.

What is Ma Ja yo in Korean? ›

Korean ppl often add this expression - 마자요(ma-ja-yo) after 네 (ne). So, they often say 네,마자요 (Ne, majayo). In english that's mean "Yes, that's right." This is in order to express more strongly and clearly that you are said "you're right" rather than sounding like you are just nodding... (Ne, majayo.)

What is MWO hae yo in Korean? ›

뭐 해요? (mwo haeyo)

What are you doing now?

What does 에 mean in Korean? ›

The particle 에 [e] can be translated as, “at,” “to,” “on” or “in” depending on the context. The particle 에서 [eseo] can also mean “at,” “in” or “from” and marks where an action is performed or a temporary point of departure. Let's do some examples so you can learn how to use 에 [e] and 에서 [eseo] correctly.

Does Annyeong mean hello or goodbye? ›

Is “annyeong” hello or goodbye? 안녕 (annyeong) is the informal way of saying hello. However, it can also be used as an informal way of saying “bye.” You can't use it with anybody, though, so be mindful of who you're saying it to.

Is Hello and Goodbye the same in Korean? ›

안녕 is 'hello' and 'goodbye'

Interestingly, 안녕 means 'hello', but also 'goodbye'. So Koreans will say 안녕 when they meet, but also 안녕 as they go their separate ways. So, don't be surprised when a Korean person uses 안녕 not only when you meet them, but also when you're saying goodbye to each other.

What is Bangawo? ›

To say “Nice to meet you” in Korean informally, you can say 만나서 반가워 (mannaseo bangawo). This informal version of “nice to meet you” is almost identical to the standard version. The only difference is that there is no 요 (yo) at the end. Listen here: 만나서 반가워 (mannaseo bangawo)

What means Annyeong Seyo? ›

Hello - 안녕하세요 [annyeong-haseyo]

안녕하세요 [a-nyeong-ha-se-yo] is the formal, polite way to say hello in Korean and is the most important for you to know when you are just beginning learning Korean or if you are in need of some simple travel Korean. A fun fact about this word: it has the literal meaning of 'be in peace'.

Is Annyeong rude? ›

Saying hello

The most common use of 'hello' is the polite annyeong haseyo (애 우리 하세 요). It's respectful and can be used in any context, from greeting an employee at a shop to meeting a friend's grandparents. If speaking to a close friend or someone significantly younger, you might use the more informal annyeong (애영).

What is gaseyo in Korean? ›

If you want to say goodbye using informal Korean, you can say 잘 가 [Jal ga] which corresponds with 안녕히 가세요 [Annyeonghi gaseyo] meaning, "Go well," or 잘 있어 [Jal isseo] which corresponds with 안녕히 계세요 [Annyeonghi gyeseyo] meaning, "Stay well."

How do Koreans greet each other? ›

Koreans say “안녕하세요 [an nyeong ha seyo]?” while slightly bowing their head when they greet others. “안녕하세요?”is used interchangeably to say “Hi, hello, good morning/afternoon/evening”. You can simply say “안녕?” when you are greeting your friends or a person younger than you.

What is Yeoboseyo? ›

여보세요 • (yeoboseyo) hello (when asking or answering the telephone)

What is Korean slang for hi? ›

#2 안녕 (annyeong) - “Hi” in Korean (informal)

And using this phrase is a sign of closeness to the person you're speaking to.

What is Araso? ›

“Araso” in Korean

It is written as 알았어, so its Korean romanization is also often written as “arasseo.” This is an informal way of saying “okay” or “I know” in Korean.

What is Hamnida in Korean? ›

The word 감사 (gamsa) is a noun that means “gratitude” or “appreciation” in the Korean language. The 합니다 (hamnida) part means “to do.” Put them together, and you get 감사합니다 (gamsahamnida | to do thanks). You can use this phrase to express “thank you” in Korean restaurants, convenience stores, or taxis.

What does Chingu mean? ›

The Korean word 친구 (chingu) translates to “friend,” but usage is a little bit different in Korean than it is in English. This is because Koreans generally only use the word for people of the same age or to refer to their close friends. The word 친구 (chingu) is quite easy to remember.

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