Hangul Day, 한글날 (Hangulnal) will be on October 9th of this year, so mark your calendar! It is a national holiday to celebrate the Korean Alphabet. During the 15th century, the Koreans used Chinese characters or ‘Hanja’ to read and write, but only the Elite class were able to afford this kind of education since Chinese characters were very difficult to master then. Korean people celebrate this day in honor of King Sejong for creating the Korean alphabet which gave opportunities for Koreans of all classes to read and write. He finished creating hangul in 1443, which consists of 14 consonants and 10 vowels.
To celebrate Hangul Day, you can start by visiting the museum of King Sejong or ‘The Story of King Sejong Exhibition Hall’. In the underground museum, you can learn about the life of King Sejong, his invention of Hangul, and you can also check out the underground library, too. The entrance to the museum will be underneath the huge statue of King Sejong right at Gwanghwamun Square.
The museum will be open every day, except for Mondays from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm
To get there by subway from CAU, Heukseok Station
- Take line 9 at Heukseok Station then transfer to line 5
- Gwanghwamun Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 2, direct access from the station
Address: 175, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 세종대로 지하 175 (세종로)
Another way to celebrate Hangul Day is to learn Hangul! There are 14 consonants and 10 vowels and are grouped together in syllable blocks. The shape of the letters mimics what your tongue is doing to pronounce them, which makes it easier for people to sound it out.
Here are some of the websites and apps you can use to learn Hangul
Apps: Duolingo and Drops are apps that help you learn how to speak in Korean. Papago is a translation app.
Hopefully, these tips and tricks can help you master Korean in no time!