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Language

The Korea Language: Hangeul
Hangeul was invented in 1443, during the reign of King Sejong. It is composed of 10 vowels and 14 consonants. Hangeul has 11 compound vowels, 5 glottal sounds. The chart below represents the 24 Hangeul letters and their romanized equivalents. 'The Hunminjeongeum,' a historical document which provides instructions to educate people using Hangeul, is registered with UNESCO.
UNESCO awards a 'King Sejong Literacy Prize,' every year in memory of the inventor of Hangeul.



Hangeul written in syllabic units made up of two, three, or four letters
 

The Korean Alphabet

  Consonants

     ㄱ

     g, k      ㅂ      b, p      ㅋ      k

n s t

d, t ng, silent p

r, l j h

m ch

 

 

  Vowels

     ㅏ      a      ㅗ      o      ㅠ      yu
ya yo eu
eo u i
yeo        

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