December 06, 2023

Words, words: North and South Korea’s differing romanization

From diacritics to dodgy vowels, it's best for scholars to simply learn the alphabet

Many people who came into contact with the Korean language soon notice that there are very many ways to relay the same Korean word in English.

You get to know a Korean lady called Mison, for example, and then you see her name spelled as "Misun" or "Miseon." You hear about a demonstration in a city of Kwangju. You look for it on the internet and find that  many sites spell it “Gwangju”.