Decimal Points &
Thousands Separators in Korean


How Numerals May Change in Appearance During Korean/English Translation


A decimal point or a comma in some numbers may change its position as the number is translated from Korean to English and vice versa.

In English, units of counting change by the thousands, whereas in Korean, units change by the ten-thousands. (For details, click here.) Despite this linguistic difference, Koreans use the thousand separator (,) in written numbers exactly as it is used in English-speaking countries. For this reason, the following type of change occurs when a number is translated between Korean and English.


Korean Text English Translation
2,644 uck Won 264.4 billion Won
Note the comma after 2 Note the dot after 4


English Text Korean Translation
$3.2 million 320 x 10000 dollar in Korean
Note the dot after 3 Note that there is no dot.
$ is written in Korean.



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