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North Korea

běi cháo xiǎn
kita chousen
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北朝鮮 is the Chinese and Japanese name for the country of North Korea.

The official English name being Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

See Also:  Asia

North Korea

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This short Japanese name for the country of North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea).

There is a 3-character name, 北朝鮮 that is a lot more common.

See Also:  Asia

South Korea

nán hán
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南韓 is the common Chinese name for the country of South Korea.

The official English name being Republic of Korea.

See Also:  North Korea | Asia

South Korea

kan koku
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韓國 is South Korea written in Japanese.

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
North Korea北朝鮮
kita chousen
kita chosen
běi cháo xiǎn
bei3 chao2 xian3
bei chao xian
pei ch`ao hsien
pei chao hsien
North Korea北鮮hokusen / hokusen
South Korea南韓
nán hán / nan2 han2 / nan han / nanhan
South Korea韓國
kan koku / kankoku
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nán hán
    nan2 han2
nan han
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South Korea


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South Korea Scroll
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) (abbreviation) (See 大韓民国) South Korea; Republic of Korea; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (2) (abbreviation) (See 大韓帝国) Korean Empire (1897-1910); (place-name) Kankoku



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hán guó
    han2 guo2
han kuo
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South Korea (Republic of Korea); Han, one of the Seven Hero States of the Warring States 戰國七雄|战国七雄[zhan4 guo2 qi1 xiong2]; Korea from the fall of the Joseon dynasty in 1897
(personal name) Kankoku

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Han, one of the Seven Hero States of the Warring States 戰國七雄|战国七雄; Korea from the fall of the Joseon dynasty in 1897; Korea, esp. South Korea 大韓民國|大韩民国; surname Han
(n,n-pref) (archaism) China (sometimes also used in ref. to Korea or other foreign countries); (surname) Han



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zhōng hán
    zhong1 han2
chung han
 chuukan / chukan
China-South Korea
China and Korea


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rén chuān
    ren2 chuan1
jen ch`uan
    jen chuan
 inchon; jinsen
    インチョン; じんせん
Incheon Metropolitan City in Gyeonggi Province 京畿道[Jing1 ji1 dao4], South Korea
Incheon (South Korea); Inchon; (place-name) Incheon (South Korea); Inchon; Yingcheng


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guāng zhōu
    guang1 zhou1
kuang chou
Guangzhou, old name for Huangchuan 潢川[Huang2 chuan1] in Xinyang 信陽|信阳, Henan; Gwangju Metropolitan City, capital of South Jeolla Province 全羅南道|全罗南道[Quan2 luo2 nan2 dao4], South Korea
(place-name) Gwangju (South Korea); Kwangju



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běi hán
    bei3 han2
pei han
(Tw, HK) North Korea
(name used in South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao) (See 北朝鮮) North Korea; (place-name) North Korea (name used in South Korea)


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nán běi
    nan2 bei3
nan pei
north and south; north to south
(1) north and south; north to south; (2) (abbreviation) South Korea and North Korea; (surname) Minamikita
north and south; north and south


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(colloquialism) South Korea; (place-name) South Korea



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xián jìng
    xian2 jing4
hsien ching
Hamgyeongdo Province of Joseon Korea, now divided into North Hamgyeong Province 咸鏡北道|咸镜北道[Xian2 jing4 bei3 dao4] and South Hamgyeong Province 咸鏡南道|咸镜南道[Xian2 jing4 nan2 dao4] of North Korea


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(adj-f,vs) resident in South Korea; situated in South Korea


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dì zàng
    di4 zang4
ti tsang
Kṣitigarbha, the Bodhisattva of the Great Vow (to save all souls before accepting Bodhi); also translated Earth Treasury, Earth Womb, or Earth Store Bodhisattva
(surname) Jizou
Ti-tsang, J. Jizō, Kṣitigarbha, 乞叉底蘗沙; Earth-store, Earth-treasury, or Earthwomb. One of the group of eight Dhvani- Bodhisattvas. With hints of a feminine origin, he is now the guardian of the earth. Though associated with Yama as overlord, and with the dead and the hells, his role is that of saviour. Depicted with the alarum staff with its six rings, he is accredited with power over the hells and is devoted to the saving of all creatures between the nirvana of Śākyamuni and the advent of Maitreya the fifth century he has been especially considered as the deliverer from the hells. His central place in China is at Chiu-hua-shan, forty li south-west of Ch'ing-yang in Anhui. In Japan he is also the protector of travellers by land and his image accordingly appears on the roads; bereaved parents put stones by his images to seek his aid in relieving the labours of their dead in the task of piling stones on the banks of the Buddhist Styx; he also helps women in labour. He is described as holding a place between the gods and men on the one hand and the hells on the other for saving all in distress; some say he is an incarnation of Yama. At dawn he sits immobile on the earth 地 and meditates on the myriads of its beings 藏. When represented as a monk, it may be through the influence of a Korean monk who is considered to be his incarnation, and who came to China in 653 and died in 728 at the age of 99 after residing at Chiu-hua-shan for seventy-five years: his body, not decaying, is said to have been gilded over and became an object of worship. Many have confused 眞羅 part of Korea with 暹羅 Siam. There are other developments of Ti-tsang, such as the 六地藏 Six Ti-tsang, i. e. severally converting or transforming those in the hells, pretas, animals, asuras, men, and the devas; these six Ti-tsang have different images and symbols. Ti-tsang has also six messengers 六使者: Yama for transforming those in hell; the pearl-holder for pretas; the strong one or animals; the devīof mercy for asuras; the devī of the treasure for human beings; one who has charge of the heavens for the devas. There is also the 延命地藏 Yanming Ti-tsang, who controls length of days and who is approached, as also may be P'u-hsien, for that Purpose; his two assistants are the Supervisors of good and evil 掌善 and 掌惡. Under another form, as 勝軍地藏 Ti-tsang is chiefly associated with the esoteric cult. The benefits derived from his worship are many, some say ten, others say twenty-eight. His vows are contained in the 地藏菩薩本願經. There is also the 大乘大集地藏十電經 tr. by Xuanzang in 10 juan in the seventh century, which probably influenced the spread of the Ti-tsang cult.


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dà tián
    da4 tian2
ta t`ien
    ta tien
Datian county in Sanming 三明[San1 ming2], Fujian; Daejeon Metropolitan City, capital of South Chungcheong Province 忠清南道[Zhong1 qing1 nan2 dao4], South Korea
(place-name) Daejon (South Korea); Taejon


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dà qiū
    da4 qiu1
ta ch`iu
    ta chiu
Daegu Metropolitan City, capital of North Gyeongsang Province 慶尚北道|庆尚北道[Qing4 shang4 bei3 dao4] in east South Korea
(place-name) Daegu (South Korea); Taegu


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(derogatory term) (slang) (pun on 韓国) (See 韓国・かんこく・1) South Korea


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(place-name) Miryang (South Korea); Milyang



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duì mǎ
    dui4 ma3
tui ma
 touma / toma
Tsushima Island, between Japan and South Korea
(surname) Touma


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píng chāng
    ping2 chang1
p`ing ch`ang
    ping chang
Pingchang county in Panzhihua 攀枝花[Pan1 zhi1 hua1], south Sichuan
(place-name) Pyeongchang (South Korea)


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zhōng qīng
    zhong1 qing1
chung ch`ing
    chung ching
 chuusei / chuse
Chungcheong Province of Joseon Korea, now divided into North Chungcheong province 忠清北道[Zhong1 qing1 bei3 dao4] and South Chungcheong province 忠清南道[Zhong1 qing1 nan2 dao4] of South Korea
(given name) Chuusei



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qìng zhōu
    qing4 zhou1
ch`ing chou
    ching chou
Qingzhou, ancient northern province; Gyeongju City, South Korea
(place-name) Gyeongju, South Korea


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(noun - becomes adjective with の) Japan and South Korea; Japanese-Korean


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chāng yuán
    chang1 yuan2
ch`ang yüan
    chang yüan
Changwon City, capital of South Gyeongsang Province 慶尚南道|庆尚南道[Qing4 shang4 nan2 dao4], South Korea
(place-name) Changwon (South Korea)



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cháo hán
    chao2 han2
ch`ao han
    chao han
North and South Korea


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(place-name) Mokpo (South Korea); Mokp'o


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shuǐ yuán
    shui3 yuan2
shui yüan
Suweon City, capital of Gyeonggi province 京畿道[Jing1 ji1 dao4], South Korea
(surname) Mihara


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shuǐ yuán
    shui3 yuan2
shui yüan
water source; water supply; headwaters of a river
source of river; fountainhead; (place-name) Suwon (South Korea)


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jiāng nán
    jiang1 nan2
chiang nan
south of Changjiang or Yangtze river; south of the lower reaches of Changjiang; often refers to south Jiangsu, south Anhui and north Zhejiang provinces; a province during Qing times; in literature, refers to the sunny south; Gangnam (district in Seoul, South Korea)
(place-name) Jiangnan (China)



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pǔ xiàng
    pu3 xiang4
p`u hsiang
    pu hsiang
 hokou / hoko
Pohang (city in South Korea)
(place-name) Hokou


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qīng zhōu
    qing1 zhou1
ch`ing chou
    ching chou
 seishuu / seshu
Cheongju, capital of North Chungcheong Province, South Korea 忠清北道[Zhong1 qing1 bei3 dao4]
(personal name) Seishuu

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