Every year, October 9th is observed as Hangeul Day in Korea. Hangeul, the native Korean alphabet that was invented by King Sejong (reign 1418-1450), has been hailed as one of the most scientific writing systems in the world, and was enlisted as a UNESCO Memory of the World since 1997.
This year marks the 566th anniversary of Hangeul’s invention. As usual, a wide range of events are scheduled to take place at such major tourist attractions as Gyeongbokgung Palace, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Memorial Museum of King Sejong the Great, and Gwanghwamun Square in celebration of Hangeul.
Major Events Calendar
|Category||Event Name||Period||Venue||Event Description|
|Exhibitions||Tok Tok Hangeul, Nurimsesang Specil Exhibition||Oct. 6-11||Sujeongjeon of Gyeongbokgung Palace||Exhibition of the history of Hangeul: How it spread and became widely used.|
|Hangeul Typography Exhibition||Oct. 4-28||Memorial Museum of King Sejong the Great||Hangeul typography|
|Hangeul Cultural Product/Idea Contest||Oct. 4-Nov.30||Hangeul-themed cultural products|
|“Hangeul & Tree II” Calligraphy Video Exhibition||Oct. 7-10||Seoul Square||Screening of ‘Hangeul Calligraphy’ on the largest LED canvas screen in the world|
|Sejong sees modern Hangeul calligraphy||Sep. 4-Oct.28||Memorial Museum of King Sejong the Great||Digital exhibition of development of modern Hangeul calligraphy|
|Hangeul having an affair with the world||Oct. 8-12||National Assembly Members Office building||Exhibition of traditional artifacts & Hangeul calligraphic works; Hansik (Korean food) experience|
|Performances||Hangeul Arirang 566||Oct. 7||Sejong Center for the Performing Arts Outdoor Special Stage||Combination of singing, dancing, narrative, and play featuring songs of Hangeul Arirang and Hangeul|
|Hangeul Nuri (한글누리)||Oct. 6||Hangeul-themed dance performances|
|Hangeulbitnuriyea (한글빛누리예)||Oct. 7||Sejong Center for the Performing Arts Outdoor Special Stage||Piano performance|
|Combination Shows||Hangeul Attires||Oct. 6||In front of Sejong Center for the Performing Arts||Clothes with Hangeul patterns|
|Hangeul, Youth Culture Ground||Oct. 7||Sejong Center for the Performing Arts Outdoor Special Stage||A children’s event showcasing love for Hangeul|
|Hangeul Eoullim Hanmadang||Oct. 6||Daejeon City Hall Square||Hangeul experience program|
|International Visitors Events||Hangeul Writing Contest||Oct. 8||Gwanghwamun Citizen’s Yeolin Madang||Handwriting a given paragraph in Korean|
|Literature Contest||Oct. 9||Openair Theater of Yonsei University||Essay, poety, etc. (in Korean)|
|Hangeul Contest||Oct. 8-13||Chonnam National University Language Education Center||Korean naming, essay writing, talent show competition|
* Hangeul Day events are subject to change.
Courtesy of Korean Policy Department in the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism