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Hangeul(한글) - A Beautiful Korean Alphabet

about Korea

You Jin Bae

on 13 October 2011

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Transcript of Hangeul(한글) - A Beautiful Korean Alphabet

A Beautiful Korean Alphabet About Hangeul What's Hangeul? Hangeul Day(10.9) Hunminjeongeum Hangeul Keyboard Japanese Keyboard Chinese Keyboard Why Hangeul is fabulous Why Hangeul is
Scientific Hangul Day — also called Hangul Proclamation Day or Korean Alphabet Day — is a Korean national commemorative day marking the invention and the proclamation of hangul, the native alphabet of the Korean language, by King Sejong the Great. It is observed on October 9 in South Korea and on January 15 in North Korea. In North Korea, the day is called Chosun-gul Day.

In explaining the need for the new script, King Sejong explained that the Korean language was fundamentally different from Chinese; using Chinese characters (known as hanja) to write was so difficult for the common people that only privileged aristocrats (yangban), usually male, could read and write fluently. The majority of Koreans were effectively illiterate before the invention of Hangul.

Hangul was designed so that even a commoner could learn to read and write; the Haerye says "A wise man can acquaint himself with them before the morning is over; a stupid man can learn them in the space of ten days."

Why King Sejong
made Hangeul Hangeul is 565th years old!(2011)
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