Korean fonts have an oddball history – with so many combinations of Korean characters, a font designer has to program them all 11,571 font combinations, no matter how common they may be. The result? Not as many fonts.




http://www.wazu.jp/gallery/Fonts_Korean.html – uses a standard (if non-sensical) phrase to show the differences in fonts.

http://cooltext.com/Fonts-Unicode-Korean – a couple dozen fonts, a one-click download away. Wins the award for being the easiest to peruse en masse.

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/korean%20font – a collection of Tumblr posts tagged ‘Korean font’ – your results may vary, but there’s plenty of cutesy fonts here.
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4882 – official fonts available from Adobe – only available for Windows.

http://visual.shallow-sleep.com/?page_id=223 – some more cutesy fonts,

http://offree.net/entry/Free-Hangul-Font – a long list of references to sites – mostly paid fonts, and entirely in Korean.

http://font4u.com/ – requires free log-in, some English around, albeit in a cutesy fashion.

http://rixshop.fontrix.co.kr/Mall/ListView.aspx – entirely in Korean, and all paid fonts.

http://www.fontspace.com/category/korean – a small collection of Hangul-looking fonts, even if they use English letters. Might be worth a look for the graphic designers.

http://uhbeefont.com – sorted by Korean names and in Korean alphabetical order. Click on the 바로가기 on the right to see a preview and download them.

Where do you go for fonts? And if you are traveling around Korea, you should at our article about where to stay in Busan, and our guide to the best neighborhoods in Jeju. 


Chris Backe is the main writer here at One Weird Globe. He's written over 25 books and itineraries, and is the founder of Entro Games and Blog Tuneup. He's lived in Korea, Thailand, Colombia, and has traveled across Europe.