Talk:Korean won

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romanization and pronunciation[edit]

  • 원 is romanized into "won" in the new South Korean romanization.
  • "In North Korea, chon is also called jun" -- I think it is just a matter of romanization. In an informal and eclectic romanization, ㅓ is often spelled "u" because it is close to the English pronunciation of "u" as in cut.
  • I heard that in North Korean dialects, ㅈ is usually pronounced "ts", not "ch".

--Nanshu 00:49, 21 Aug 2003 (UTC)

It's all about romanization, not pronunciation, afaik. Kokiri 09:39, 22 Aug 2004 (UTC)

US Bias?[edit]

Isn't the Won/USD comparison table biased towards the US? Either more (but then why not all) or none. I think none. Kokiri 11:17, 12 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Is that any better? I modelled it on the exchange rates used in baht. Kairos 01:55, 18 May 2004 (UTC)
Thanks. Kokiri 09:38, 22 Aug 2004 (UTC)

some history would be nice[edit]

did these currencies start as the same thing as thier name seems to imply? if so when and why did they diverge so much in value? Plugwash 6 July 2005 16:32 (UTC)

Korean sources I can find statethat they are both directly descended from the Japanese yen -- won being simply the Korean pronunciation of the hanja 圓. Apparently there were no won in Korea before the 1876 Treaty of Kanghwa. Presumably the post-1945 changes in the currency are related to the very different politico-economic paths trod by the two countries. -- Visviva 05:09, 14 July 2005 (UTC)

so the yen lead to the won which then split into two currencies when korea was split into two countries? Plugwash 22:12, 22 July 2005 (UTC)

Yup. -- Visviva 12:55, 2 August 2005 (UTC)


User:AlbertR recently split off the country-specific portions of this article into South Korean won and North Korean won. This seems like a good thing to me; they are fundamentally different topics. However, his removal of the country-specific content has just now been reverted, leaving us with an article that completely duplicates its daughter articles. I'm not sure if this was intentional or unintentional, so I haven't re-reverted. But if anyone thinks that the moved content should be duplicated here, please say so. Otherwise I'm likely to remove it again. -- Visviva 12:48, 2 August 2005 (UTC)

Actually, I was just about to re-revert before reading the talk page. In my opinion, the issue is clear. The division into two articles was indeed good. ナイトスタリオンㇳ–ㇰ 14:25, 2 August 2005 (UTC)


Print and online dictionaries suggest that the pronunciation is /wɒn/ (UK), /wɑn/ (US) rather than being pronounced like the past tense and past participle of "to win". — Paul G 10:50, 12 September 2005 (UTC)

--The pronunciation of the vowel is as like "awe" in US English. Kdammers 03:51, 22 May 2006 (UTC)


I've rewriten this article to take into acount the existence of new articles covering other Korean currencies. I've kept most of the old article, although some of the History section probably ought to go to other articles.
Dove1950 00:02, 9 February 2006 (UTC)

History Title[edit]

"After the won" is really a bad title, considering that the won is the present currency. Kdammers 03:53, 22 May 2006 (UTC)

how bout foriegn controled? or such... Joe I 12:34, 22 May 2006 (UTC)

whats the current value of a old bank of korea won[edit]

how do i go about find the value out on a old koren bill? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:47, 23 April 2008 (UTC)