Korean Essays

The following are Wongoji basic writing guidelines that I found in a Nonsul (essay) notebook by PAPIER co, LTD. I’ve translated them into English to help you better understand how to properly write essays using Wongoji papers (which is what the TOPIK test uses as well).

Download Wongoji essay writing instructions PDF

The directions are included on the PDF print-out above, but here they are again for clarity:

Wongoji Basic Cryptography

By default, there aren’t any implicit principles for using wongoji. But usually using wongoji, there are some general forms to follow.

Essay wongoji were created to easily identify the fundamental elements of spelling, spacing, and so on. More than that, by dividing paragraphs, you can easily identify contents and see how much you’re writing. Therefore, certain forms will equip you with the ability to write descriptive paragraphs, so that when the grader first sees your writing, they’ll be left with a positive first impression.

  1. In one box, write one character. Only for the alphabet (lowercase) and Arabian numbers should 2 characters be used in one box, but every sentence mark should also have its own box. (Uppercase alphabet characters also need their own box.)
  2. For paragraphs, the first box should be left blank and you should start writing from the second box. This means it’s a new paragraph. Only do this for a new paragraph. (If there’s no empty box to leave a space between words in a line, don’t leave the next line’s first space blank. Rather, put a (V) mark after the last character and begin the next line with a consonant.)
  3.  Spacing and spelling rules should be followed, but when there’s a sentence mark that should usually be followed by a space like a comma (,) or period (.), generally don’t leave a blank.
  4. Exclamation marks (!) or question marks (?) should be written in the center of the box, but quotation marks ( “ ” ) commas (,) and periods (.) should be written in the corner of the box nearest the letters they affect.
  5.  In the case that a sentence mark should be stamped at the end of a line, it shouldn’t be carried down to the next line, but rather placed inside the last box on that line. Starting a line with ‘.’ or ‘,’ should be carefully avoided.
  6.  When writing a dialogue, change to the next line for each full quotationmark ( “ ” ). The first box should be left blank and quotation marks should come in the second box.

FREE Practice Papers

Also, if you want, I’ve also created our own FREE 원고지 Practice Papers that you can use to practice.

Download Practice Wongoji PDF

Do you practice your TOPIK essays with wongoji? Do you find this resources helpful?


Korean Studies


The history of Korea is believed to have its genesis in the founding of, in 2333 BC of Gojoseaon. Since then, Korea has had a complex geographical, political and social story. Some of Korea’s turbulent history includes the splitting of the nation into North and South after the end of World War II. North and South Korea engaged in a war in the 1950s. With the current nuclear enrichment in North Korea, and unpredictable international relations, it has become essential to understand Korean culture, history and language.


Courses offered in Korean Studies attempt to furnish students with a critical knowhow of Korean society, its culture, economics, philosophy, politics and language. Prior knowledge of the Korean Language is not necessary. However, the student needs to demonstrate ability for language learning. The majority of courses in Korean studies give language modules which cover speaking, reading and writing. An intensive course in Korean language at a university is often required. Non-language based areas of study cover a wide range of Korean culture. Korean studies cover a wide range of subjects and courses. The subjects and courses depend on the institution offering Korean studies. Common subjects are the Korean history, Korean conversation, work ethics and religion. Other courses include Korean-English transaction, philosophy, Business micro-economics, Financial accounting and women and gender studies.

A variety of career opportunities exist for graduates of Korean studies. Many of the graduates work in the region of East Asia to utilize their language skills. Other graduates engage in further research based in the East Asia region. There are as many opportunities to work as interpreters in private commercial enterprises or in the public sector organizations. Assessment is done through assessed essays, coursework and oral and written examination. At the end of the course in Korean studies, it is expected that graduates are competent in precise translation, oral presentation and strong vocational skills. The graduates are also expected to have developed strong intercultural awareness. The students find that they have an abundance of transferable skills and language skills to work in East Asia or conduct further research internationally.


Courses in Korean Studies are offered in many international universities such as Oxford and University of Western Australia. Whichever institution of higher learning an individual chooses, the student will find suitable content and appropriate course material. All that is required is for the prospective student to have an interest in Korean language. The student also ought to be ready to appreciate alternative culture and contemporary international relations.

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