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Monday, 24 March 2014

Inside Gyeongbokgung, Part VI: The disambiguation meaning of 'Boksu/복수'


Inside the Gyeongbok Palace, we will learn about the disambiguation of Korean words in Hangul and different meanings in Hanja (Sino-Korean Script). The Boksudang Hall (Hanja: 福綏堂) is one of the auxiliary buildings in the Geoncheonggung Residence Grounds. The hall is built in 1873, 10th year of Emperor Gojong-Gwangmu - along with the other buildings in the residence.

Returning to Korean Language Lesson, the word Boksu/복수 has five meanings in Sino-Korean words and their literal meanings in English.

  • 福綏 = Soothing good fortune (Boksudang Hall inside Geoncheonggung Residence, Gyeongbok Palace)
  • 複數 = Plural (one of the values of the grammatical category of number)
  • 復讐 = Revenge, Vengeance, Retaliation, Retribution and Vendetta 
  • 腹水 = Ascites (gastroenterological term for an accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity)
  • 福壽 = Long-life blessing (Sino-Korean word for the commune Boksu-myeon [복수면], Geumsan County, Southern Chungcheong Province)

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