Korean emoticons have meanings far and wide. And knowing these Korean emoticons will let you know if your Korean friends are happy, surprised, or just trying to be cute! Reciprocate your feelings using this list of Korean emoticons.
Note: there are many Korean emoticons and interpretations differ. This list of Korean emoticons has been compiled with the help of a Korean college student.
|^o^ | ^-^||Happy face (two raised eyes/eyebrows)||^^ is the easiest and most common form|
|ㅜㅜ | ㅠㅠ | ㅠㅡㅠ||Sad/Crying face (vertical lines are tears)||ㅠ or ㅜ also works|
|^^; | ^-^;||Sweat running down a face||Nervousness, apprehension, timidness (with a smile)|
|>//<||Shyness, Bashfulness||Guy: You’re pretty|
|=_=||Sleepiness||Also used when uninterested|
in what the other person says
|-_- | ㅡㅡ||Serious face||Used when feelings are hurt (often jokingly)|
Also used to express disbelief.
|>_< | >ㅁ< | >3<||Cute face||When trying to act cute = 애교 (egyo)*|
|+_+ | ㅇ_ㅇ||Surprise||ㅇ_ㅇ requires Korean keyboard|
|~_~||Boredom or “wtf” in emoticon form||“wtf” = 어이없다 (eoieopta)*|
|★.★||Excitement||For stars, Yahoo Answers says press:|
Alt + 9733 (number pad)
|♥.♥ | ♡.♡||Love||For hearts, this site says press:|
Alt + 3 (number pad)
|ㅎ_ㅎ | ㅋ_ㅋ||Cute Face||Requires Korean keyboard|
애교 (egyo) – the act of turning on the charm (in a cute manner)
어이없다 (eoieopta) – phrase used for absurd situations or requests (akin to “wtf”)