Hangeul Day in South Korea in 2019

Hangeul Day in South Korea in 2019
Hangeul, the most scientific and logical alphabet. Image by Republic of Korea , via Flickr
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  Dates of Hangeul Day in South Korea
2021 South Korea Sat, Oct 9National Holiday
2020 South Korea Fri, Oct 9National Holiday
2019 South Korea Wed, Oct 9National Holiday
2018 South Korea Tue, Oct 9National Holiday
2017 South Korea Mon, Oct 9National Holiday
Marks the proclamation of the Korean alphabet in 1446. Reinstated as a holiday in 2013

When is Hangeul Day?

Hangeul Day (Korean Language day) is observed on 9th October.

The holiday marks the invention and proclamation of the Korean alphabet in 1446.

History of Hangeul Day

King Sejong the Great who was the fourth monarch of the Joseon Dynasty, along with fellow scholars invented the Korean alphabet in the 1443. The promulgation of the system came afterwards with a commentary guide "Haeryebon" in 1446.

The aim of the new alphabet was to improve literacy among the general population, who struggled to learn the complicated writing system used at that time which was based on Chinese characters.

Did you know?

The 14 consonants in Hanguel are grouped to represent how your mouth is shaped as you voice them.

The celebration of the proclamation as a holiday began in the mid 1920's as attempt to preserve the Korean alphabet while under Japanese colonial rule of Korea (1910-1945), during which time Japanese was the country's official language.

Originally the day was celebrated according to the Lunar calendar, then on 28 October following some discussion about using the Gregorian or Julian (in use in 1446) calendar. In 1946 the Hangeullal(Hangeul Day in Korean) was finally specified as 9th October in 1946.

Following liberation from Japanese rule after the end of the Second World war, Hangeul Day was designated an official holiday in 1949.

Hangeul Day was excluded from the list of public holidays in 1990 for practical and economic reasons. It regained some of its status in 2005 when it was designated as a national day of celebration and it designated as a public holiday in 2013.

North Korea

In North Korea, the day is called Chosun-gul Day and celebrated on 15 January, which is the date in 1444 which refers to the date of the creation of the new language, not its proclamation.

Sources: Korean Culture and Information Service

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