If you are interested in Hangeul, you must visit National Hangeul Museum!
As we know the twenty-eight letters of the Hangeul alphabet—seventeen consonants and eleven vowels—were created in 1443. The form of each consonant reflects the shape of the vocal organs when pronouncing that letter. The vowels are configurations of three primary vowels representing the three elements of the universe: the sky, the earth, and humanity. By combining these twenty-eight letters into syllabic blocks, it is possible to transcribe any sound in the Korean language. While the letters represent a meticulously organized system based on phonology, anatomy, neo-Confucianism, and other theoretical principles, their simple shapes and sounds are amazingly easy to learn. For its unique qualities and scientific value, Hangeul is greatly esteemed by linguists around the world.
Footprints of Hangeul
Hangeul is both an artifact of the past, representing more than 500 years of history, and an essential living component of the present. This exhibition is designed to convey both the historical and contemporary value of Hangeul, ranging from the invention of Hangeul in 1443 (25th year of King Sejong’s reign), through its gradual dissemination to become Korea’s national language in 1894 (31st year of King Gojong’s reign), and continuing up to its critical role in Korea’s current and future development.
The exhibited items are carefully selected and presented to help visitors understand the myriad uses of Hangeul in communication, education, religion, art, publication, and technology. The exhibition includes various studies and education materials on Hangeul, conducted by renowned scholars and organizations, as well as videos and sculptures that trace the long history of Hangeul, assess its place in modern times, and envision its future development.
The Hangeul Learning Center
The Hangeul Learning Center was designed to help people from all countries and cultures easily learn the phonetic language of Korean.
Visitors can enhance their understanding and pronunciation of Korean by checking the sounds and structures of any combination of vowels and consonants. But the museum is much more than a linguistic tool; it is a gateway for people from all walks of life to experience, enjoy, and celebrate Hangeul as the medium of Korean culture.
- Tues. Thurs. and Fri. :
- 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Wed. and Sat. :
- 9:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Sun. and Public Holidays :
- 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
※ The Museum is closed every Monday and January 1.
※ The museum is closed on Monday, except for Holiday Monday. During weeks with a Holiday Monday, the museum will be closed on the next day.
- Wed. and Sat. :6:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Three-hour extension)
Admission fee: Free of charge
Address:139, Seoubinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 140-797, Korea
Metro: Line 4/ Jungang Line (Seokso-Yongsan)
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