Hangul Day

Hangul Day is a holiday that’s observed on October 9th in South Korea and on January 15th in North Korea. This holiday commemorates the day that the Korean alphabet was created by Sejong the Great during the 15th century.

Also known as Hangeul Proclamation Day in South Korea, Chosŏn’gŭl Day in North Korea, and Korean Alphabet Day in English, this public holiday is a day on which Koreans can take pride in their culture and their language.

The History Of Hangul Day

The Korean alphabet of Hangul didn’t evolve in the same way that most alphabets have around the world. Instead of pictures gradually becoming letters over time, the way most alphabets are created, Hangul was actually created by a single person instead of a group of people. King Sejong decided that Koreans should have their own alphabet instead of just using the Chinese alphabet, so in 1443 he decided to have one created. By 1444, the alphabet was done and in use.

Hangul was an alphabet that was easy to learn, but it wasn’t always popular. At the beginning of the 16th century, the king banned Hangul, and all of the education centers that taught this alphabet were closed down. Fortunately, during the 19th century, Hangul saw somewhat of a resurgence.

It became an integral part of Korean nationalism when the Japanese occupied Korea at the turn of the 20th century and through World War II.  It started becoming more popular during the 1970s and this is when Hangul Day was created as an official holiday.

Observing Hangul Day

It’s a good day for a trip to the museum, for learning more about the Korean alphabet, or by learning the Korean alphabet-an alphabet that’s so easy to learn it’s said that a person can learn it in 2-hours or less.

Where is it celebrated?
South Korea (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
October 9 Monday
Next year (2024)
October 9 Wednesday
Last year (2022)
October 9 Sunday