“The Rabbit & The Turtle” – Traditional Korean Story plus Free Worksheet 2

rabbit and turtle korean story

The Rabbit & The Turtle or 토끼와 거북이 is a traditional Korean story, which is of course based on Aesop’s Fable “The Tortoise & The Hare”. For some unknown reason in Korea the Hare is replaced by a Rabbit (토끼) and the Tortoise is replaced by a Turtle (거북). The story is of course about a race between the two animals, and just like in the well known English version the Rabbit falls asleep and the Turtle wins.

To help you read, learn and enjoy this traditional Korean story we’ve written our own version based on the traditional story. Also we’ve made a complimentary worksheet to help with your comprehension. Both the story and the worksheet are all in Korean and therefore are designed for students at a high beginner or intermediate level at least.

Free Download

Please click here on the image or link below for your Free PDF download, both the story and the worksheet are on the same file:

Korean Story Download

CLICK HERE for Your FREE “Rabbit and Turtle” traditional Korean story and Worksheet from Fresh Korean


Also here is a YouTube video of the The Rabbit & The Turtle or 흥부와 놀부 story, for your enjoyment (of course the video is in Korean and sadly doesn’t have English subtitles). Also the quality is a little low:

Here is a Disney version of this classic story from 1934 in English (just for fun):


Thank you for your time and if you have any questions please feel free to let us know.

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  1. Thanks a lot! These are really helpful since it’s quite hard to find short stories on the web, unless you watch the donghwas on Naver. :/

    By the way, the file is in Word format. I’m assuming it’s ready for publishing (no more editing to be done?) so I went ahead and saved it as a PDF myself. 😀

    • 🙂 We’re so glad you enjoyed it and have found it useful (it is the second of many to come).
      It is in PDF format now, basically at the time we uploaded the wrong file haha. But both versions are finished.
      Thanks again.

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