펜션(Small Hotel) – Konglish Words #20

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What is in your mind if you heard the word, pension? It might be money-related words like notes or bills from your company, etc. It might not be a house or travel. However, many Koreans think small houses for stay in tourist attractions if they hear the word, 펜션. 펜션s are usually small houses in Korea that is used for travelers to stay for a night or two.

I researched why 펜션 got its meaning. I think the word came from French. The word pension is used for houses in French. Its first meaning is about the money which is the same with English and the second meaning is the small house.

The pension you get your money after you retired is called 연금 in Korean. In Korea, the government runs a pension system and it is called 국민연금. It is really rare to hear 펜션 as 연금 in Korea.

펜션 related words are 펜션에 머물다(staying in a small hotel), 펜션을 예약하다(reserving a room in a small hotel), 펜션을 빌리다(borrowing the small hotel), etc.

Examples

천문대 옆 펜션에서 하룻밤을 지낸 적이 있었는데, 천문대까지 가지 않아도 별이 많이 보였다.
I once stayed in a small house near observatory. I could see so many stars even though I didn't go there.

산에 놀러 갈 거라서, 근처에 펜션이 뭐가 있는지 알아 보는 중이야.
I am going hiking, so I am checking the accommodation near the mountain.

펜션에 도착해 짐을 풀고 나서야 내가 휴가를 왔다는 것이 실감이 났다.
After I arrived at the small hotel and unpacked my baggage, I could feel that I was really on a vacation.