Korean Letter

Korean Alphabet

History

Vowels Design

Consonant Design

Syllable System

Romanization

 

 

The Korean Alphabet

 

Koreans use their own unique alphabet called Han-geul. It is considered to be one of the most efficient alphabets in the world and has garnered unanimous praise from language experts for its scientific design and excellence.

Han-geul was created under King Sejong duing the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). In 1446, the first Korean Alphabet was proclaimed under the original named Hunmin-jeongeum, which literally meant " the correct sounds for the instruction of the people.

King Sejong, the creator of Han-geul, is considered to be one of the greatest rulers in the history of Korea. Highly respected for his benevolent disposition and diligence, King Sejong was also a passionate scholar whose knowledge and natural talent in all fields of study astounded even the most learned experts.

When he was not performing his official duties, King Sejong enjoyed reading and meditating. He could laso be very tenacious at times and would never yield on what he thought was right. Love for the people was the cornerstone of his reign, and he was always ready to listen to the voices of the common folk. His was a rule of virtue, with the welfare of the people dictating all policy formulations.

King Sejong also established the Jiphyeonjeon, an academic research institute, inside the palace walls. Noted scholars from all academic disciplines gathered here to engage in lively discussions and also to publish a variety of quality books.