In 1443, the Joseon/Chosun Dynasty’s fourth sovereign, King Sejong the Great, invented and tried to introduce a whole new alphabet and writing system unique to the Korean language, called Hangul, to overthrow Korea’s historical reliance on Classical Chinese for writing purposes. Despite intense political and social opposition from his royal court and the nobility, the visionary King Sejong righteously and with foresight persevered in advocating Hangul in order to promote greater educational opportunities and literacy among his people, to restore and further advance true Korean culture and literature, and ultimately to establish cultural independence and national identity.
To read more about this pivotal historic event, please find attached my own research paper on this topic from my Global History class.
(NOTE: Since this research paper is my own work product, I have attached it here as an exception to this website's Mission Statement).
King Sejong the Great's
Creation of Hangul