Today, October 9th is Hangeul Day (한글날) in Korea. This day marks the celebration of the introduction of the Korean script Hangeul by King Sejong the Great in 1443. The purpose of introducing this scientifically developed script was to improve the literacy among the Korean people who until then had to rely on Chinese characters in order to read and write. This obviously meant that literacy was very limited which is in stark contrast to present-day Korea, which is now among the most educated nations in the world. As all Korean learners know this unique alphabet is an invaluable tool when learning Korean as this alphabet more than any other may convey the true sound of Korean.
This morning I was greated by this beautiful picture when I visited Google Korea:
I will be celebrating Hangeul Day by having an extra long session with my Korean teacher today, and then we will celebrate a belated Hangeul Day on Sunday when we will get together at my place and cook Korean food.
Don’t know Hangeul but want to learn it? Check out this awesome book and these two videos by Talk To Me In Korean:
How will you celebrate Hangeul Day?