60% of Korean words are derived from Chinese loan words. Learning to read and write Chinese characters is not necessary for most Korean students given that they are used infrequently in modern Korean texts but learning the sound and meaning of the characters will help you improve your vocabulary similar to how students of English can benefit from learning Latin and Greek roots.

널조각 판, 널기와 판, 풍류이름 판, plank, board; iron or tin plate (8)
看板 간판 sign
看板 간판 signboard
甲板 갑판 deck
乾板 건판 dry plate
揭示板 게시판 bulletin board
字板 자판 keyboard
粘板岩 점판암 slate
漆板 칠판 blackboard
board
板金 판금 sheet metal
板紙 판지 cardboard
合板 합판 plywood
後甲板 후갑판 afterdeck