In our first “How To Say” lesson you learned how to greet someone in Korean, but what do you say when you part ways? There are many different expressions you can use to say goodbye in Korean, and the phrase you choose will depend on the different situations you are in. By the end of this bite-sized lesson, you should know how to use them all!
When saying “goodbye” to someone in the polite form 존댓말, there are two main expressions you need to choose from. The phrase you use depends on whether you are the one staying or the one that’s leaving.
If you are staying and want to say ‘goodbye’ to the person or people that is / are leaving, you use the phrase 안녕히 가세요.
안녕히 means ‘peacefully’, and ‘가세요’ is instructing someone to go, therefore, we can directly translate this phrase as ‘go peacefully’.