Tuesday, 10 August 2010

This Year Marks 562nd Anniversary of Korean Alphabet Hangeul

Some 500 years ago, the upper class in Korea's Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) wrote only in classical Chinese. This was totally different to the spoken Korean language, causing difficulty for uneducated commoners in communicating with authorities. To help them, King Sejong the Great (1397-1450) created the Hangeul writing system to help them read and write, but most Joseon scholars regarded Hangeul as being only for the lower classes and women.

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