From K-pop and award-winning movies to cuisine and technology, Korea has long been influencing trends across the globe. There are over 77 million speakers of Korean, making it one of the Top 20 most widely spoken languages in the world.  It is recognised as a minority language in both China and Russia.

Workers at day end in Seoul South Korea

Rapidly growing economy

South Korea was the 11th largest economy in the world and was the fourth largest in Asia, according to the International Monetary Fund. Opportunities for Irish firms in South Korea in the coming decades include the provision of healthcare and the teaching of English as a foreign language, according to Enterprise Ireland.

Industry leader

South Korea was one of the original Asian tiger economies, with a rapid industrialisation that paved the way for the country to become one of the world’s technology leaders. It is home to global tech giants Samsung and LG and carmakers Hyundai and Kia.

Korean is part of the post-primary school curriculum in Ireland

Korean is one of the most recent languages to be added to the post-primary school curriculum in Ireland by the Department of Education and Skills, as a unit for Transition Year. This is being done in the context of one of the goals in Languages Connect Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education, which is to diversify and increase the uptake of languages learned. Four schools in Dublin piloted the Korean language unit for Transition Year for the academic year 2018/19.

Korean language learner writing Hello word Annyeonghaseyo in Korean on a notebook

Check out our “Why Learn Korean?” video playlist!

Korean music playlist

From endlessly infectious K-pop to dance and more, there is plenty of brilliant Korean music to enjoy. Listening to music can help increase vocabulary and improve pronunciation so why not add some Korean music to your playlists.

Visit our Spotify for some recommended playlists in Korean and more.


Learn some classroom vocab with our Korean language mat