Months of the Year in Korean

Spell and Pronounce Months of the Year in Korean


The Gregorian calendar, which was officially adopted in 1896, is widely used in Korea. They still use their own lunar calendar, with names for the months that differ from those used by the Gregorian calendar.

Additionally, months of the old lunisolar and Western calendars are named in modern Korean. In addition, the first, eleventh, and twelfth months feature Korean names that sound close to Chinese month names.



The ancient calendar is still used for traditional festivities and age calculation for elder generations. Seollal, the first day of the ancient Korean New Year, and Chuseok, the harvest moon festival, are the two most important festivals in Korea today, both of which are also national holidays.

Below I have compiled a list of the months of the year in Korean:



Months in KoreanPronunciationIn English
일월IrwolJanuary
이월IwolFebruary
삼월SamwolMarch
사월SawolApril
오월OwolMay
유월YuwolJune
칠월ChirwolJuly
팔월PalwolAugust
구월GuwolSeptember
시월SiwolOctober
십일월ShipilwolNovember
십이월ShipiwolDecember

To conclude, Korean lunar months have their own history and pronunciation. Though Korean people follow the Gregorian calendar month names for official purposes still they celebrate their lunar months occasions also.

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