Korean Language: Key Resources


UPDATED: November 30, 2016



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This guide is intended primarily for Korean language students at the University of Toronto (U of T). This guide will help you get started in learning Korean.

Both electronic and print resources are included. The print resources are available in the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, Robarts Library or other University of Toronto libraries.

Remote Access : The U of T community can access online resources from off campus by using my.access.


Ask a Librarian for Help

For further help, please contact Jihae (Julia) Chun, Korea Studies Librarian at the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library. You might also want to consult the East Asian Library Web site.

photo of librarian
Jihae (Julia) Chun - Korean Studies Librarian
Email: Julia.chun@utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-978-3805
Office: EAL RM 8049D (8th floor)
Fax: 416-978-0863


Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library (EAL)

Located on the 8th floor of Robarts Library. Take the elevator from the 2nd floor.

The library contains over 500,000 volumes. It is one of the major research collections on East Asian studies in North America. The EAL includes vernacular Korean, Japanese and Chinese materials as well as reference titles in English and Western European languages related to East Asia.



Table of Contents

  1. Reference Sources

  2. Books

  3. Periodicals

  4. Other Web Resources


1. Reference Sources


Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

  • NAVER 사전 = NAVER dictionary
  • Daum 사전 = Daum dictionary
  • 한국어-영어 학습사전 (국립국어원) - National Institute of Korean Language’s Korean-English Learner’s Dictionary includes over 50,000 words in Korean and allows search by “Theme and Situation” such as “describing location”, “ordering food”, “purchasing goods” and etc.
  • Korean Picture Dictionary – contains more than 2000 photos and illustrations assigned to English definitions and Korean translations
  • 표준국어대사전 (국립국어원)– Korean dictionary built by the National Institute of Korean Language. 
  • 말뭉치 (국립국어원) – Corpus or a collection of electronic Korean texts built by the National Institute of Korean Language in the Republic of Korea. This is a searchable text analysis tool and is great for looking up examples of a word or a phrase usage.  
  • 한국속담사전 – Krpia resource
    • Connect to KRpia (Log into University of Toronto Libraries Catalogue with your UTORid first to access this database)
    • In search bar, type in “한국속담사전”
    • View the dictionary


  • 语词 / Han ying han san yu ci dian [Korean, English, Chinese]
    Call number: PL937 .H36 2011                          EAST ASIAN LIBRARY REFERENCE
  • 韓中 辭典 / Han-Chung sajŏn [Korean, Chinese]
    Call number: PL937 .C5 H36 2008                     EAST ASIAN LIBRARY REFERENCE


  • Korean picture dictionary
    Call number: PL939 .K234 2006                         EAST ASIAN LIBRARY STACKS
    Audio Visual: PL939 .K234 2006 v.1-2               INQUIRE AT THE EAL CIRCULATION
  • 한국 언어 문화 사전 = New millenium [i.e. millennium] dictionary of Korean language and culture : in English with colour illustrations / Hanʼguk ŏnŏ munhwa sajŏn
    Call number: PL937 .E5 S64 2003                      EAST ASIAN LIBRARY REFERENCE


  • Han'gugo tongumo sajon [Korean]= Korean Homophones Dictionary
    Call number: PL933 .H26 2000                            EAST ASIAN LIBRARY REFERENCE


  • KRpia [Korean]
    A large online database covering eight subject areas including large reference works in Korean studies. Students learning Korean may find the following dictionaries in KRpia helpful: “바른말글사전”, “우리말 발음사전”, “남북한말비교사전”, “한국학대백과사전”, “한국속담사전”, and “한국현대문학대사전.”
    Copy and paste these titles in KRpia search box to retrieve and view dictionaries.
  • Korea A2Z [Korean]
    A collection of 125 academic contents in a variety of subjects related to Korean Studies. The databases are arranged into 7 categories and include several Korean dictionaries. Korean language students may find the following resources useful: "겨레말 용례사전Kyore mal yongnyae sajon," "국어어원사전Kugo owon sajon," "새 우리말 갈래사전Sae Uri mal kallae sajon" and "관직명사전Kwanjingmyong sajon."
  • History Culture Series [Korean]
    A multi-media content database dedicated to Korean history and culture. This database includes many downloadable images.


Handbooks & Others

  • A reference grammar of Korean : a complete guide to the grammar and history of the Korean language
    Call number: PL911 .M37 1992                            EAST ASIAN LIBRARY REFERENCE
  • Handbook of Korean vocabulary : a resource for word recognition and comprehension
    Call number: PL939 .C517 2002                          EAST ASIAN LIBRARY REFERENCE


2. Books


Conversation, Phrase Books & Usage



Grammar, Phonology, Pronunciation, Reading, Writing, and Orthography and Spelling

  • 100 98 틀리는 한글 맞춤법. 3 : 한국어 사용자의 필수 특강 / 100-myŏng chung 98-myŏng i t'ŭllinŭn Han'gŭl match'umpŏp. 3
    Call number: PL917 .K56 2015                            EAST ASIAN LIBRARY STACKS
  • Selected readings in Korean
    Call number: PL913 .S64 2004                            EAST ASIAN LIBRARY STACKS



Korean Romanization Systems


  • Romanization of Korean (National Institute of Korean Language in Republic of Korea)
    Note that this is South Korean convention and it differs from the revised McCune-Reischauer Romanization system (ALA-LC) widely used in North American research institutions.
  • 국어 로마자 표기법 / Kugŏ ŭi romacha p'yogipŏp
    This book introduces the history of Korean Romanization in South Korea and discusses the Romanization’s purpose and usage.
    Call number: PL915.9 .C67 2015             EAST ASIAN LIBRARY STACKS
  • 국어 로마자 표기법 (2000. 7. 7. 고시) 따른 로마자 표기 용례 사전. Kugŏ ŭi romacha pʻyogipŏp (2000. 7. 7. kosi) e ttarŭn romacha pʻyŏgi yŏngnye sajŏn.
    This books includes Romanization examples for ca. 8,000 Korean terms
    Call number: PL939 .K84 2000                      EAST ASIAN LIBRARY REFERENCE



Textbooks for Foreign Speakers

  • 함께 배워요 한국어 / Hamkke paewŏyo Han'gugŏ
    Call number: PL913 .H319 2015                                      EAST ASIAN LIBRARY STACKS
  • 재미 있는 한국어 = Fun! Fun! Korean / Chaemi innŭn Han'gugŏ
    Call number: PL913 .K67 2008 (Books & CD-ROMs)   EAL STACKS & AUDIO-VISUAL
  • 서강 한국어 / Sŏgang Hanʼgugŏ
    Call number: PL913 .S63 2008 (Books & CD-ROMs)    EAL STACKS & AUDIO-VISUAL


  • Hot TOPIK : for English : [actual test] 으로 합격 하기 / Hot TOPIK : for English : [actual test] han kwŏn ŭro hapkyŏk hagi
    Call number: PL913.7 .K674 2014(Books & CD-ROMs) EAL STACKS & AUDIO-VISUAL
  • Hot TOPIK : for Japanese : [actual test] 으로 합격 하기 / Hot TOPIK : for Japanese : [actual test] han kwŏn ŭro hapkyŏk hagi
    Call number: PL913.7 .K673 2014(Books & CD-ROMs) EAL STACKS & AUDIO-VISUAL
  • Hot TOPIK : for Chinese : [actual test] 으로 합격 하기 / Hot TOPIK : for Chinese : [actual test] han kwŏn ŭro hapkyŏk hagi
    Call number: PL913.7 .K672 2014(Books & CD-ROMs) EAL STACKS & AUDIO-VISUAL



3. Periodicals


Journal Databases

Click here for a full list of our article databases.

Online Journals and Magazines

Figure 1: Koreana, a quarterly on Korean culture and arts


  • Azalea [electronic resource]
    Published by the University of Hawaii Press, this academic journal aims to promote Korean literature among English-language readers and provides the academic community of Korean studies with well-translated texts for college classes.
    Access here: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/12471713




Chosun.com [Korean/English/Japanese/Chinese]
Online version of the Chosun Daily in Korea.

Donga.com [Korean/English/Japanese/Chinese]
Online version of the Dong-A Ilbo (The Dong-A Daily).

Han'gyorye Sinmun [Korean]
Online version of Han'gyorye Sinmun (The Han'gyorye Daily).

Hankooki.com [English]
Online version of Hankook Ilbo (The Korea Times).

Hankooki.com [Korean]
Online version of Hankook Ilbo (The Korea Times).

Joins.com [Korean/English]
Online version of JoongAng Ilbo (The JoongAng Daily).

JoongAng Ilbo - Canada [Korean]
Online version of JoongAng Ilbo Canada (The JoongAng Daily Canada).

Korea Times - Canada [Korean]
Online version of Hankook Ilbo (The Korea Times) in Canada.



4. Other Web Resources


Downloadable Apps

Naver Dictionary App:

Daum Dictionary App:




Associations & Organizations

Korean Culture Series & Quick Korean [English]
Offers free online lectures on everything about Korea.

TalkToMeInKorean [English]
Provides YouTube video instructions for Korean language.

SEEMILE Korean Language [English]
More Korean language instructions on YouTube.

Pusan National University's Urimal Paeumt'o [Korean]
Provides helpful information on Korean language and various links to dictionaries and Romanization guides.

The Han'gul Foundation [Korean]
Established in 1995. The Foundation aims at supporting those who study Korean culture and language. The Web site includes an introduction to Korean language and information on Korean orthography.

The Korean Language Society = Han'gul Hakhoe [Korean]
The society was founded on August 31st in 1908 by Si-gyong Chu, Chong-jin Kim and other renowned intellectuals of the day. Its achievements so far include publication of Great Dictionary, Great Dictionary of Korean Place Names, Great Dictionary of Our Language, Dictionary of Korean Studies, and The Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Korean Place Names. Currently, the society focuses on providing online information on the accurate usage of the Korean language based on its Data Bank of Korean Studies.

The Society for Korean Linguistics in Japan = Chosengo Kenkyukai [Japanese]
Korean Linguistics Society in Japan.

Korean Writing [English]
Introduces the origin of writing in Korea, notable features of Han'gul and the alphabet. Plus, many useful links on Korean language.

Hangul Munhwa Yondaes Urimal [Korean]
Han’gul Munhwa Yondae is devoted to supporting Han’gul and increasing people’s awareness of Korean language.