There is a popular saying that a wise man can acquaint himself with the Korean alphabet (hangul 한글) before the morning is over, even the stupid man can learn them in the space of ten days.
Before the creation of hangul, Korea was using the classical Chinese characters (hanja 한자) that consists of thousands of symbols. Apart from the fact that these characters were far too many and difficult to master there was also the problem of inconsistency between the Chinese characters and the Korean language
In the 15th century, the third king of Joseon KING SEJONG THE GREAT wanted to reduce illiteracy among the common people so he created the hangul alphabet. He designed hangul so that people with little or no education could learn to read and write.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HANGUL (한글)
It was designed by king Sejong the great in 1444
It was created to represent the shape of the speaker’s mouth when pronouncing each sound.
It was originally called HUMMINJEON-EUN (the proper sounds for the education of the people).
The name hangul was coined by Korean linguist Ju Si Gyeong in 1912.
Hangul combined the ancient Korean word han meaning great and gul meaning script.
Hangul means the great script or Korean script
Hangul consist of 21 vowels and 19 consonants.
Hangul is a writing system that was designed purposefully to be easy phonologically consistent with speech.
It is phonologically faithful, each symbol represent one sound.
HAPPY HANGUL DAY!