. A simple word that has had many meanings over the years in the Land of the Morning Calm.
There's the Han River. The family surname. The shortened form of hana
, one. Even Korea's name in Korean is Hanguk. And that famous Korean concept of powerful sadness
, which has no literal translation in English and is a concept I won't even begin to try to explain, mostly because I have yet to understand myself.
Recently, when the Korean Wave phenomenon started to take off throughout Asia, the word han
began to represent anything related to Korea. These days, when tourists travel to Korea, they often try to seek out as many han
related activities as possible.