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[Korea] Major Events for 2012 Hangeul Day

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


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.


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Courtesy of Korean Policy Department in the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism

Date 10/09/2012