today’s holiday: Han’gul Day

English: statue of King Sejong the Great, in D...

English: statue of King Sejong the Great, in Deoksugung. 한국어: 덕수궁에 있는 세종대왕상 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Han’gul Day

This day commemorates the invention of the Korean alphabet by scholars under the direction of King Sejong of the Yi Dynasty in 1446. The day is celebrated with Confucian rituals and Choson-period court dances performed at Yongnung, the king’s tomb, in Yoju, Kyonggi. Yoju also stages the King Sejong Cultural Festival, with chanting and processions at Shilluksa Temple, farmers’ dances, games such as tug of war, and a lantern parade. In some areas, there are calligraphy contests for both children and adults. Ceremonies are also held at the King Sejong Memorial Center near Seoul. More… Discuss

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