금의환향(錦衣還鄕) – Korean 4 Character Idioms #24

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After we won the first place and come back to our family or friends, they usually celebrate us. If the task is harder, the celebration becomes bigger. 금의환향 is the word for this celebration.

금 means silk and 의 means clothes, so 금의 means the clothes made of silk or luxurious clothes. 환 means to come back. 향 means hometown. The basic meaning of 금의환향 is to come back home wearing silk clothes. Silk clothes is expensive so no one can wear it unless they have a lot of money, so the silk clothes in this word means a success. The meaning of 금의환향 is to come back home in glory after a great success.

Examples

그는 서울에서 열린 컴퓨터 대회에서 1등하고 금의환향했다.
He came back to his hometown with honors after he won the first place in computer contest in Seoul.

꼭 성공해서 금의환향하겠노라고 결심하고 고향을 떠난 지 10년이 지난 지금, 그는 아무 것도 가진 것이 없는 불쌍한 신세로 전락했다.
10 years have passed since he left his hometown after he decided to achieve a great success and come back with honors. Sadly, he has nothing now and became so miserable.

아시안컵에서 아깝게 준우승한 축구 대표팀이 내일 10시 인천 공항으로 금의환향한다.
The national soccer team who narrowly missed the first place in Asian Cup will come back to Incheon Airport with honors at 10 a.m. tomorrow.