An Insight to Hangul Day

The 9th October is Hangul Day in South Korea. This day celebrates the creation of the Korean alphabet, which is known as Hangul. In Korean, this day is referred to as 한글날 (Hangulnal). So where does this day originate from, and who is to thank for the creation of the Korean alphabet?

Hangul is considered one of the simplest and most logical language writing systems in the world, and it was invented by King Sejong 왕세종 of the Joseon Dynasty 대조선국.

A statue is present in Gwanghwamun Square 광화문광장 to commemorate him and all that he did for the people of South Korea.

Hangul 한굴 replaced the older writing system which was based on Chinese script. During this time not everyone could read it, and thus Hangul 한굴 was formed.

During the Japanese colonial rule of South Korea, Hangul was banned; and this special day was initiated by a group of Korean language scholars in 1926,  as a way to preserve the language.

Today Hangul Day is a national holiday (designated by law in 1949 – four years after Korea was extricated by Japanese rule) and today the 571st anniversary of Hangul 한굴 day was where the Grand Hangul Cultural festival took place. The festival took place in Gwanghwamun Square  광화문광장, and it consisted of programs such as exhibits, dance, music children’s play performances and a Hangul 한굴 writing competition.

 

Taken today 9th October. People dressed in traditional imperial robes and took part in an event that re-enacted a royal procession of King Sejong of the 1392-1910 Joseon Dynasty.

The System

The alphabet consists of 19 consonants. and 21 vowels, and instead of being written sequentially the letters are grouped into a block, to make a syllable.

In the past, I reviewed Korean language apps, and of course, I had to use them properly so that I could give a good insight. Before I knew it, I could read Hangul, just like that! The rules of reading are so, so simple, and soon enough I referred (and still do) to symbols as sounds and letters.

Learning through song is always useful, as this is how I gained a small understanding, unintentionally. It becomes as natural as your own language’s alphabet. So why not give it go? I’d recommend the “Egg Bun” app!

 

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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