The Virtual Picture Album -- Korea

The grid below is an annotated index to part of the Virtual Picture Album compiled and distributed by the Less Commonly Taught Languages Project at the University of Minnesota. The pictures in this section of the VPA are of people, places, and objects in the Republic of Korea. Each of the pictures is represented by a thumbnail-sized image in the grid, and is accompanied by:

There are also suggestions for ways to use certain pairs or groups of pictures.

Due to the number of pictures in this section, the VPA index for Korea is divided into five parts.

Part 1 Daily Life: Shopping, Food, Transportation
Part 2 Korea Today: People, Education, Recreation

Part 3

Korea Yesterday: Culture, Tradition
Part 4 Historic Remains
Part 5 Geography: Landscape, Scenery


To view or download a full-sized picture from the VPA, click on its thumbnail representation below.


Part 1. Daily Life: Shopping, Food, Transportation

Photo (Thumbnail)

Vocabulary Items
Grammar Points
Shopping in a department store, clothing, size Clothes, price, sale, clerk, inside, interior, window shopping, clothes rack, signs, sales price Making requests, descriptions, comparisons
Shopping, customers, asking price Korean currency (won), dollar, accessory, customer, native Korean number/sino-Korean number, expensive, cheap, good, better Comparing prices, comparatives, superlatives, demonstrative pronouns, counters
Traditional market vs. modern market, shopping in open market, dealing price Namdaemun (South Gate), Traditional market, entrance, sign, big, old, open market, shopping Description, locatives  (~e/eso)
Korean traditional clothes, buying hanboks Hanbok, skirt, coat, pants, silk, colors, size, height, waist, tall, short, long, short, large, medium, small, display, manekins Describing body measurements and colors, size comparisons, expressing preferences
Crowded Korean traditional market Shopping, street, sell, buy, store signs, buildings, stores, people, crowds, many, crowded, souvernir Description, comparatives, superlatives, demonstrative pronouns, counters
Shopping at night Market, signs, crowds, crowded, evening, customers, electric pole Description, comparison, dealing price
Fruit vendors Street vendors, fruits, persimmon, mandarin orange, apple, pear,  strawberry, kiwi Asking prices, counting, counters for general objects (~kae), tom (extra)
Street vendor Red/green hot pepper, spice, red pepper paste, spicy, bowl, ajumma Asking for price, counting, counters for amount
Dried seafood store, Korean food Dried fish, anchovy, small, big, seaweed, size, boxes, prices

Description, asking prices, counting, counters for amount

Seafood store, buying fish and seafood Seafood, fish, fresh, ~mari (counter for fish) Description, counting (mari), asking prices, polite request
Fish tank of a seafood market Fish tank, squid, sea squirt, alive/dead Description, counter for fish (~mari), counting, asking prices
Snacks on the street Chestnut, gingko nut, roasted chestnut, street vendor Asking prices, counting, counters for amount, descriptions (size and shape)
Open market, comparison to modern supermarket Fish market, display, bargain, sell, buy, parasol Comparisons
Reading store signs Store signs, coffee shop, cosmetics shop, ice cream store, noraebang Descriptions
Coffee shop, college life, blind date Coffee shop, customers, sofa, table, window, cup, bag, menu Ordering beverage (coffee, tea, etc.), polite request ~chuseyo
Eating at a restaurant Tables, floor, floor cushion (pangsok), fan, picture, television, fish tank, window, blind Description, polite request, counter for servings
Korean food table setting Stew, side dishes, chopsticks, spoons, kimchi, namul, table setting, boil Describing Korean table setting, counter for dish, describing tastes
Eating at a restaurant Eating a meal, taste (hot, spicy, salty, bland, cold, sweet), delicious, chopsticks Describing tastes and flavor, comparisons (eating a meal, sitting on the floor)
Spicy Korean food Round table, pan, vegetables, spatula, red pepper paste, red pepper powder, vegetables, napkins, ash tray, cup Describing tastes and flavor
Spicy Korean food Spice, red pepper paste, vegetables (bean sprout, green onion, onion, noodle), pan-broil Describing tastes and flavor
Sliced raw fish (hwe) Hwe, fish, to slice, slices, lettuce, cucumber, carrot, lemon, green pepper, noodles, minced garlic, to chew, soy sauce Describing tastes and flavor
Restaurant interior, reading menu and prices Menu, beverage, soju, beer, rice wine, sundae (sausage), noodle, fish cake, wood table and chairs Description, polite request, comparing prices, counter for servings
Restaurant in suburbs, restaurant building Restaurant building, suburbs, downtown, spacious, parking lot, to park, to make a reservation Descriptions, comparisons (wide, spacious vs. narrow, small, etc.), making a reservation
P'ojangmacha P'ojangmacha (small wheeled snack bar with a tent), soju, to drink, noodles Descriptions, comparisons, ordering food, counter for dish
Snacks on the street Snacks, ttokpokki, fish cake, ajumma Descriptions, polite request, counter for general objects
Street food, street vendor, signs Pizza, street vendor, ajossi, Japanese Descriptions, ordering fast food, counter for general objects, counting
Korean traditional sweets Korean traditional sweets, wagon, ajossi Descriptions, counter for general objects
Traffic jam in downtown Seoul Buildings, cars, buses, traffic jam, bill board sign, traffic signal, downtown, rush hour, congested Descriptions
Busy streets, signs of stores, walking passengers Chongno, hagwon (private institute), dentists, book store, walking passengers, buildings, alley, crowded Descriptions
Bookstore, entrance Books, bookstore, entrance, basement Descriptions, directions, locatives
Public transportation, bus Bus, bus stop, bus lines, bus fare, waiting, taxi, street Description, directions
Airport ticketing, travel Airport lobby, airlines, travel agency, airplane, flight number, counter, passenger, security check, baggage check, departure, arrival, destination Description, time and date, number
Airport lobby Money exchange, bank, to go straight, turn left/right, smoking room, first aid Number, Korean/foreign currency, asking locations, locatives, polite expressions
Airport bus, public transportation Airport bus, bus fare, passengers, destinations, bus time table, bus lines, non-stop Asking for directions/time, polite expressions, time
Airport bus, public transportation Airport bus, bus fare, passengers, destinations, bus time table, bus lines, signs, time Description, asking for directions/time, polite expressions, time, locatives
Subway station, public transportation, subway Subway, subway station, entrance, signs, public phone Description, polite expressions, locatives
Subway train, public transportation Subway station, subway lines, destinations, passengers Description, asking for directions, polite expressions, locatives
Subway train, public transportation Subway station, subway lines, destinations, passengers Asking for directions, polite expressions, locatives
Public transportation, subway Ticket, ticket counter, fare, passengers Number, money, descriptions, asking for directions
Using subway, public transportation Ticket, vending machine, coins, button, general ticket Describing procedures
Subway map Subway map, lines, green, blue, orange, red, grey, transfer Describing directions
Subway: car inside Passenger, to sit, to walk, to read, newspapers, seats, ads Descriptions, motion verbs, present progressive tense
Seoul station, railroad station, public transportation Seoul station, railroad system, public transportation, buildings Descriptions
Railroad station, public transportation To read, signs, tickets, time, to go, to buy/sell Description, locatives
Ticketing Ticketing, to buy, time and dates, counter, to line, selling out Descriptions, time, dates, number, asking for prices, making requests, polite expressions
Ticketing machine, reading signs Automatic ticketing machine, to buy, instructions, to push buttons, passengers Descriptions, time, dates, number
Ticketing, railroad system Line, to buy, tickets, ticket counter Descriptions, asking for tickets/prices, time and dates, number, money, making requests
Tourist information Information center, travel, tourism, tourists, tickets, the old and the weak, group Making requests, making suggestions, to ask for information, polite expressions
Waiting for a train, reading schedules Passengers, to wait for, train, hanbok, elderly, rails, platform, tracks Descriptions, asking for help, polite expressions, giving directions
Railroad, public transportation Signs, railroad lines, destinations, Gwangju, Mokpo, Yeosu Descriptions

Airport ticketing
Big cities in Korea
Blind date
Busy streets
Buying snacks on street
Coffee shop
College life
Department store
Dried seafood store, Korean food
Eating at a restaurant
Fish and seafood
Fruit vendors
Korean food table setting
Korean traditional clothes
Korean traditional market
Korean traditional sweets
Open market
Public transportation
Railroad station
Reading menus
Reading store signs
Seafood market
Seoul station
Signs of stores
Spicy Korean food
Street food
Street vendor
Street vendors
Subway station
Tourist information
Traditional market vs. modern market,
Traffic jam
Walking passengers
  Asking for directions
Asking for help
Asking for time
Asking locationsAsking pricesComparatives
Comparing prices
Counter for fish (~mari)
Counter for servings
Counters for amount
Counters for general objects (~kae)
Dealing price
Demonstrative pronouns
Describing a procedure
Describing body measurements and colors
Describing tastes and flavor
Expressing preferences
Giving directions
Korean/foreign currency
Locatives (~e/eso)
Making a reservation
Making requests
Making suggestions
Motion verbs
Ordering foods
Ordering in a restaurant
Polite expressions
Polite request
Polite request ~chuseyo
Present progressive tense
Reading store signs
Size comparisons
Time and date




Grouping Suggestions

  1. Shopping: department store
  2. Shopping: traditional market
  3. Foods on street
  4. Korean restaurants and food
  5. Public transportation: Airport
  6. Public trasportation: Subway
  7. Public trasportation: Railroad station
  8. Seoul
  9. Pusan, Inchon
  10. Schools and students
  11. Entertainment: Noraebang, Internet cafe, Nightclub
  12. Korean traditional constructions
  13. Natural scenery in Korea
  14. Traditional lives of Korea
  15. Folk games
  16. Traditional arts


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