Chris wrote:cranky laowai wrote:Different han: 漢 (Chinese) vs. 韓 (Korean).
The Chinese name 漢城 for Seoul means Han City, but the Han is from the name of the Han River 漢江 (in Korean: Hangang).
I know. Yet this was apparently too close for comfort for some Koreans. (What? Are Koreans ever irrational, touchy nationalists? ) At any rate, the Koreans asked for the change ... and they got it.