Different Ways to Say Goodbye in Korean - KoreanClass101.com Blog (2024)

There are many other ways to say goodbye to someone. Let’s say that you’re at the office and want to say goodbye to your manager. The business level forms of “goodbye” are:

Now, how would you say goodbye to your friends? Here are some informal goodbye phrases:

Be careful when using these informal phrases, and remember that they can only be used among friends. If you say this to an elder or someone of a higher status, you’ll sound extremely offensive.

I gotta go. See you tonight!

Let’s say that you’re at a friend’s birthday party and you realize that the last train arrives in fifteen minutes. How would you say “I gotta go” in Korean? How would you hint that you need to leave soon?

이만 들어가볼게요. (Iman deureogabolgeyo.) – “I am afraid that I need to leave now.”

저 갈게요. (Jeo galgeyo.) – “I’m going.”

저 가야겠어요. (Jeo gayagesseoyo.) – “I have to run.”

가야겠다. (Gayagetda.) – “I gotta go.”

More examples:


  • 죄송하지만 이만 들어가볼게요.
    (Joesonghajiman iman deureogabolgeyo.)
    “I’m sorry, but I need to go.”


  • 앗, 벌써 시간이 이렇게 됐네. 가야겠다.
    (At, beolsseo sigani ireoke dwaenne. Gayagetda.)
    “Oh. Time flies. I gotta go.”

School is over! See you tomorrow!

3. “Goodbye, see you again.”

Here, you’ll learn different ways to say: “Goodbye, see you again.”

Let’s say that you and your friend are walking together and are about to go your separate ways. In this case, you can say: 또 봐! (Ttobwa!), meaning “See you!” because you’re with your friend. Another appropriate phrase would be: 안녕 (annyeong).

Now let’s say that you’re with a business partner and are about to say goodbye. The most appropriate phrase here would be: 다음에 또 뵙겠습니다. (Daeume tto boepgetseumnida.)

With the basics covered, let’s see a few more ways to give a proper farewell in Korean at different formality levels:

  • 다음에 또 봐요. [formal]
    (Daeume tto bwayo.)
    “Catch you later.”
  • 나중에 봐요! [formal-casual]
    (Najunge bwayo!)
  • 잘가요! [formal-casual]
    “Bye bye!”
  • 우리 다음에 또 봐요!
    (Uri daeume tto bwayo!)
    “See you again!”
  • 다음에 또 봐.
    (Daeume tto bwa.)
    “See you again.”
  • 또 봐! [casual]
    “See you!”

More examples:

  • A: 오늘 정말 즐거웠어요. 고마워요.
    A: Oneul jeongmal jeulgeowosseoyo. Gomawoyo.
    A: “I had so much fun today. Thank you.”
  • B: 별 말씀을요. 다음에 또 봬요.
    B: Byeol malsseumeuryo. Daeume tto bwaeyo.
    B: “Don’t mention it. I will see you next time. ”
  • A: 네. 다음에 또 봬요.
    A: Ne. Daeume tto bwaeyo.
    A: “I will see you next time.”

Learn about parting phrases in Korea in this dedicated lesson:

  • Farewells – Make Sure You Don’t Use the Wrong Word!


4. Saying “Thank you, goodbye,” to Strangers

Let’s say that you asked where the bathroom was at the department store. A receptionist kindly explained to you where the bathroom was, and you wanted to politely say: “Thank you, goodbye.” In this case, you could say: 감사합니다. 안녕히 계세요. (gamsahabnida. annyeonghi gyeseyo.) This phrase translates as: “I appreciate it. Goodbye.”

While that phrase is grammatically correct, people rarely say it in a situation like the one above.

Instead, they’re more likely to use one of these phrases:

  • 네, 알겠습니다. (감사합니다.)
    [Ne, algetsseumnida. (Gamsahamnida.)]
    “Okay, I understand. (Thank you.)”
  • 아 네, 감사합니다.
    (A ne, gamsahamnida.)
    “Ah okay, thank you.”
  • 좋은 하루 되세요. [common phrase in the service industry]
    (Joeun haru doeseyo.)
    “Have a good day.”


  • A: 무엇을 도와드릴까요?
    A: Mueoseul dowadeurilkkayo?
    A: “How may I help you?”
  • B: 저..분실물 센터는 어디에 있나요?
    B: Jeo..bunsilmul senteoneun eodie innayo?
    B: “Um…where is the lost and found center?”

    (After you receive the information)

  • B: 네, 알겠습니다. 감사합니다.
    B: Ne, algetsseumnida. Gamsahamnida.
    B: “Okay, I understand. Thank you.”

How do you say “Have a great day” in Korean?

5. Let’s Test Your “Goodbye” Skills

Now that you’ve read all about saying goodbye in Korean, let’s do some exercises!

Q1. You’re on a date with someone and are about to say goodbye. What’s the most appropriate way to say goodbye to your date?

  1. 네, 알겠습니다. 감사합니다.
    (Ne, algetsseumnida. Gamsahamnida.)
    “Okay, I understand. Thank you.”
  1. 다음에 또 봬요.
    (Daeume tto bwaeyo.)
    “I will see you next time.”
  1. 안녕히 가십시오.
    (Annyeonghi gasipsio.)

Q2. You’ve finished your grocery shopping at a supermarket near your house. The cashier in front of you says 안녕히 가세요. (annyeonghi kashipshio.), meaning “Goodbye.” How would you respond?

  1. 무엇을 도와드릴까요?
    (Mueoseul dowadeurilkkayo?)
    “How may I help you?”
  1. 안녕히 가십시오.
    (Annyeonghi gasipsio.)
  1. 안녕히 계십시오.
    (Annyeonghi gyesipsio.)

Q3. You’re at a friend’s birthday party. You realize that the last bus departs soon and you need to leave the party early or you’ll miss it. How would you let your friend know that you have to go now?

  1. 미안, 막차버스가 12시라서… 나 가볼께.
    (Mian, makchabeoseuga yeoldusiraseo..na gabolkke.)
  1. 미안, 막차버스가 12시라서… 안녕히 계세요.
    (Mian, makchabeoseuga yeoldusiraseo… annyeonghi gyeseyo.)
  1. 안녕, 막차버스가 12시라서… 좋은 하루되세요.
    (Annyeong, makchabeoseuga yeoldusiraseo…joeun harudoeseyo.)

Q4. Your homestay mother is about to leave the house. How would you say “goodbye” to her politely?

  1. 안녕히 가세요.
    (Annyeonghi gaseyo.)
  1. 안녕.
  1. 다음에 또 봬요.
    (Daeume tto bwaeyo.)

Here are the answers:

Q1: 2
Q2: 3
Q3: 3
Q4: 1

If you’re still unsure about how to say goodbye in Korean, check out these two pages on KoreanClass101.com:

  • Learn how to use some common Korean greetings.
  • Learn about saying goodbye (for beginners).

Hello and goodbye!

6. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You with Korean

In this article, you learned how to say goodbye in various situations. Here’s a list of pages that you can check out in your spare time to learn more about this topic with cultural insights.

Of course, you’ll need to say “Hello” before you say “Goodbye!” Here are some useful pages on the topic:

  • How to Say Hello in Korean
  • 한국에서 자주 쓰이는 인사말 (hangugeseo jaju sseuineun insamal) – “Common Ways to Say Hello”
  • 일반적인 작별 인사법 (ilbanjeog-n jagbyeol insabeob) – “Most Common Ways to Say Goodbye”

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When was the last time you said goodbye to someone in Korean? Before you go, leave us a comment and let us know—we would love to hear your stories.

Good luck with your Korean studies!

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Different Ways to Say Goodbye in Korean - KoreanClass101.com Blog? ›

The formal goodbye when someone is leaving your party, 안녕히 가세요 (annyeonghi gaseyo). The formal when someone is staying and you are leaving is, 안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi gyeseyo). The casual for when you are leaving the party is - 잘 있어 (jal isseo).

What does JAL GA mean? ›

If the other person is leaving, then you can say 잘 가 (jal ga), meaning “go well.”

What does annyeonghi gaseyo mean? ›

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."

What is the most polite way to say goodbye? ›

17 Smart Ways to Say Goodbye in English
  • Until _____ ...
  • Take care. ...
  • It was nice to see you again or It was nice seeing you. ...
  • Goodnight. ...
  • Later, Laters, or Catch you later. ...
  • Peace or Peace out. ...
  • I'm out or I'm out of here. ...
  • I gotta jet, I gotta take off, I gotta hit the road or I gotta head out.

What does Bichi mean in Korean? ›

bichi is not always beach. it's basically beach said in a korean accent. most of the time it's actually “light” or “shining.” koreans use a different word for beach.

What does sook ja mean in Korean? ›

Good, pure, virtuous / child

What does OPSO mean in Korean? ›

없어 / Opso - Which comes from the verb 없다 / Opso means “there is not” or “I/he/she/etc. doesn't have something”. This specific conjugation is informal (only use with friends, younger people, animals, etc.)

What is Jal Jinae in Korea? ›

잘 지내? (Jal jinae?) “What's up?” So this can be used only between friends, but only when you haven't seen your friend for a while. So if you haven't seen your friend for a week, but you just saw your friend in a campus, you can say that 잘 지내? (Jal jinae?)

What does Gayo mean in Korean? ›

Korean 가요, 歌謠 (gayo), meaning pop music, including K-pop, trot and any foreign pop music.

What does DDO Bwayo mean in Korean? ›

da-eum-eh ddo bwayo. 다음에 또 봐요. (s) Catch you later.

What is the difference between Annyeong and Annyeonghaseyo? ›

Starting the day with a cheerful "annyeonghaseyo" (안녕하세요) is a wonderful way to greet someone in the morning. As the day progresses, transition to "annyeong" (안녕) for a casual "hello" in the afternoon. When bidding farewell or wishing someone a peaceful night, use "annyeonghi jumuseyo" (안녕히 주무세요), meaning "sleep well."

Is annyeonghaseyo hello or goodbye? ›

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'.

How do you greet someone after a long time in Korean? ›

Polite 'long time no see'

The standard way to say this is to use 오랜만이에요 (oraenmanieyo). There's really no 'formal' way to say this phrase, so if you're in a situation that demands a bit more respect, stick to one of the other formal greetings in Korean.


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