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SOUTH KOREA: What sign languages are used in South Korea?

Updated: Mar 13, 2023

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is South Korea?


How many Deaf / Hard of Hearing people are in South Korea?

There are an estimated 1,691,800 Deaf andHard of Hearing in the South Korea.

This percentage is a rough estimation: 3.3% of the general population. Lack of research make estimating these numbers difficult. The World Health Organization estimates 5% of the world population has significant hearing loss. Keep in mind that developing nations typically have a much higher number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations.


What sign languages are used in South Korea?

  • 한국 수화 언어 or Korean Sign Language (Hanja: 韓國手話言語; RR: Hanguk Suhwa Eoneo or 한국 수어; 韓國手語; Hanguk Sueo)

Written / spoken languages in South Korea:

  • Korean


How do you say South Korea in sign language?


Where can I learn South Korean Sign Language online?

InterSign University offers online Korean Sign Language courses. Register here:


What Deaf organizations are located in South Korea?

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for South Korea

We will update this section as more information becomes available.


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