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Korean Won Symbol
This is the official symbol for the Korean won, the official currency of South Korea.

What is the Korean Won Symbol?

The Korean won symbol, represented by ₩, is the official symbol for the Korean won, the currency of South Korea. The won is commonly referred to simply as "the won" and is abbreviated as "KRW".

The ₩ symbol is unique to the Korean won and denotes its international identity.

Guidelines for Using the Korean Won Symbol

The Korean Won symbol, denoted as ₩, represents the official currency of South Korea. When referring to amounts, especially in international transactions or communications, clarity is paramount. Always use the currency code "KRW" for further clarity in contexts with multiple currencies, e.g., ₩10,000 (KRW) vs. €100 (EUR).

  • Standard Format for Won: ₩10,000 This format is standard in South Korea, with the currency symbol preceding the amount. South Korea does not typically use decimal points for its currency due to the denomination values.
  • Symbol Placement: Standard: ₩10,000
  • Spacing: Standard: No space between symbol and amount (₩123)
  • Official Currency Codes: Always use "KRW" for Korean won and avoid other abbreviations.

Countries Using the Korean Won

The Korean won is the official currency of:

  • South Korea

It's worth noting that North Korea also uses a currency called won, but it is different from the South Korean won both in terms of value and symbols.

Historical Note on the Korean Won

The won has been the currency of South Korea since its adoption in 1962, replacing the hwan. It underwent a redesign in 2006, resulting in new banknotes and coins that are currently in circulation. The term "won" is derived from the Korean word 원 which means "circle" or "round", indicative of the shape of coins.

How to Type the Korean Won Symbol Using Keyboard Shortcuts and Alt Codes

  • On Windows: Hold down the Alt key and type 8361 on the numeric keypad, then release the Alt key.
  • On Mac: There may not be a direct keyboard shortcut. Use character viewer or copy and paste the symbol.
  • On many Linux systems: Press Ctrl + Shift + u, then type 20a9 and press Enter.
  • For HTML coding: Use the named entity ₩ or the numeric entity ₩.

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