South Korea Honors Hangeul Day

[su_heading size=”20″]Celebrations were held around the country to honor King Sejong the Great’s invention of Hangeul, the Korean language.[/su_heading]

South Korea marked the anniversary of the promulgation of Hangeul more than five centuries ago today with various events highlighting the history and value of the Korean alphabet. 

Considered one of the simplest and most logical language writing systems in the world, Hangeul was invented in 1443 by King Sejong of the Joseon Dynasty which lasted from 1392 to 1910. Hanguel was promulgated three years after its invention to replace an older writing system based on the Chinese script. 

The main ceremony to celebrate Hangeul Day was held at the Sejong Center for Performing Arts in central Seoul this morning. In attendance were 3,000 government dignitaries, foreign diplomats and leaders of Hangeul-related organizations. 

Nine people were honored during the ceremony for their contribution to the development of Hangeul. 

They include the late American missionary Homer Hulbert who died in 1949, for advocating Korean independence from Japanese colonial rule. 

He was chosen for the South Korean government’s Gold Crown Order of Cultural Merit for writing the first-ever Korean-language textbook in 1890 the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Wednesday. He was an educational adviser to the Korean Empire and contributed to the study of Hangeul. 

Source: Busan eFM News


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