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Why do some hanja characters have multiple hangul?

I found that some hanja words have multiple equivalent hangul. For example, 력 and 역량 (力 and 力量) (I could not come up with other words but there were more such words but once I find I will add more) ...
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What are these characters?

This is perhaps an odd request, but can someone please help me to identify the Korean characters in this image? This is my brother's Tae Kwon Do black belt, mine managed to get accidentally thrown out ...
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What do the characters I've found on this old gun mean?

On an antique shotgun I was told had Korean origin I found the following (what I presume are Hanja?) characters. Four out of five I believe I have correctly identified. One character I could not find ...
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Origin of character 威 (위)

chineseetymology.org briefly states that this is "From woman 女 and weapon 戌. Meaning to dominate." Arch Chinese states that this is an ideograph composed of 女(Woman) and 威(kill) - though I think the ...
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How to interpret the text on this “희창기계” (Huichang Machine)?

I found this photograph of a machine (which produces plastic pipes) on Japanese.SE: I know that 기계(gigye, 機械) means 'Machine', but I am unsure how to interpret the other text in "희창기계". (when I ...
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Why does the word for kindness, 친절 (親切), include a character meaning 'cut off; to disconnect'?

친(親) - relatives, parents; intimate 절(切) - to cut; to slice; to disconnect How does the second character relate to the meaning of 친절?