Korean Heart - Gesture and curiosities

Korean Heart? In this article, we are going to talk about the famous Korean gesture of making a heart with fingers that was popularized in the world, mainly by K-Pop. Taking the opportunity to also talk about curiosities, origin and even about heart in the Korean language.

The Korean heart gesture is done with just one hand using the fingers crossing the thumb with the index finger similar to the western gesture of money, but in the case we stand still forming a kind of the heart V.


In the West we usually use two hands or two arms to make a heart. Koreans and Japanese also make and know this gesture, but using just one hand and two fingers is more discreet and less embarrassing.

Korean heart - gesture and curiosities

What does the Korean heart gesture mean?

Some may think Koreans are so greedy that they link their hearts to money. Although the gesture is quite similar, this idea is quite erroneous, it is just a tiny heart that goes far beyond ♡ or ♥.

The representation of the small V with the fingers represents well the literal heart, since in fact the hand perfectly represents the size of a human heart, while the V-shaped index and thumb fingers are the two valves of the heart.

In English the gesture is known as Finger Heart in korean as songalag hateu [손가락 하트]. exist rumors that this gesture also means “panties” in Korean sign language and “nipples” if you use both hands.

Of course, this gesture can simply be summed up as a show of love and affection for fans and other people. This gesture is currently used a lot in photos and when meeting with fans. Many fans shout for this gesture!

Korean heart - gesture and curiosities

The origin of the Korean heart

The origin of this gesture is quite uncertain, some K-Pop names claim to make such a gesture since they were children, others presented photos from the 2000s, some claim to be from the year 2002 or claim that it was in 2010 that the gesture became popular.

It is difficult to know who is right on the subject, since the photos of children could indicate only her making a gesture of money instead of a mini heart. Basically, the origins of this gesture are far from clear.


Until a while ago, Kim Hye Soo had been responsible for popularizing this gesture. Celebrities of all styles discuss the origin, recently we had Yang Se-hyung and G-Dragon discussing on the internet who originated the gesture.

Korean heart - gesture and curiosities

OV of victory x V of heart in the photos

The V sign is quite popular in Asia and the world, generally used when taking pictures showing two open fingers making a V sign. This sign originally means victory, and is believed to have origins in Japan, but the sign is popular in both. countries.

Usually the V sign is used to take pictures with no particular meaning. Nowadays, the Korean heart has stolen the photo poses of the V gesture. Especially among East and West K-Pop fans.


Both gestures are a portrait of the Aegyo culture, equivalent to Kawaii culture of Japan. Many Kpop singers often pose with these fingers to show love to fans. In Japan it is difficult to take a photo without doing the V pose.

Korean heart - gesture and curiosities

Kim Jong-un made the Korean heart sign

When I researched Korean Heart on Google, I only came across articles about Kim Jong-un having done this gesture in a group photo. Articles take the theme of, what is the meaning of the sign made by Kim Jong-un in the photo?

Reading these dozens of sites with the same news copied, I realized that the giant article didn’t even answer the question about the sign. It just talked about the Koreas, the Korean leaders, Trump and other things that have nothing to do with it.

Of course, there were many repercussions because of the subject, many comments, as if Kim were an Alien and did not take pictures. Of course, the main reason for the repercussion is the fact that the gesture is South Korean, and the relationship between the Koreas is not good.

Korean heart - gesture and curiosities

Asking for a heart in Korean

Heart in Korean is similar to English Heart and is spoken hateu [하트]. Of course there is the most literal way of saying heart which is simjang [심장] which literally refers to the organ of the body. We also have ma-eum-i [마음 이] and many variations.

Many K-Pop fans wonder how to ask for a heart in Korean, some of the options are:

  • 하트 해주세요 (hateu haejuseyo)
  • 하트 만들어 줘 (hateu mandeul-eo jwo)
  • 해줘 하트 해줘 (haejwo hateu haejwo)

The above phrases are not very specific, if you want to specify you can use son hateu [손 하트] to refer to the hand heart and songalag hateu [손가락 하트] to refer to the finger heart or Korean heart.

Just as the Japanese use the word chest to refer to the heart and vice versa. The Korean language also uses words that can refer to the heart as gaseum [가슴] which refers to the chest. See too love in korean.

Korean heart - gesture and curiosities

Celebrities who make hand hearts

“Hearts with fingers” is undoubtedly one of South Korea’s biggest cultural exports in recent times, with celebrities using the gesture during photos in Korea and abroad. Which of these photos are memorable and can we remember?

  • BTS days before becoming the most successful K-pop group in the USA;
  • Tom Cruise during the “Mission Impossible? Fallout ”in Seoul;
  • Taron Egerton while promoting “Eddie the Eagle” in Korea;
  • Black Pink in a thank you post on Instagram for fans;
  • G-Dragon in a childhood photo
  • Wanna One members showed different styles of hearts;
  • Son Heung-min during a homecoming after a successful season;
  • Melania Trump during her visit to Seoul;

Do you remember any other famous person who also makes the heart with his fingers?

Korean heart - gesture and curiosities

How to draw a Korean Heart?

In the video below you can learn how to draw a Korean heart, or the Korean gesture and make a heart with one hand:

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