37 – 里 – It Takes A Village

(Originally published March 2016)

This 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 stationed in Korea it was in a base located next to the village of 안정리 (“An-Jeong-Ri”).

village

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.

 

Questions and comments? Email me at newhanja@gmail.com. Previous Hanja Time articles are archived at hanjatime.wordpress.com.

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