36 – 里 – It Takes A Village

(Originally published February 2016)

Since we have limited space month we are going to take a quick look at the character 里 which means village and is pronounced 리 (“Ri”) in Korean. Village names in Korea end in “-ri”. When I was station in Korea it was in a base located next to the village of 안정리 (“An-Jeong-Ri”).

Hanja Village Ri

This character is made up of two smaller characters which give it a special meaning:  A village 里 is place where there are fields 田 and land 土 where where people live.

Have a word or character that you would like to know more about?  Send your questions and comments in the comments section. And also you can now find all of the previous Hanja Time articles online at hanjatime.wordpress.com.

 

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