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한글: The Journey of the Korean Script Posted by on May 17, 2017 in History, Korean Language

Did you know that a great place exists where you can travel back in time and learn about the inventor of the Korean script, 한글(Hangeul), and the history of 한글 for over 500 years?

Last week I explored 국립한글박물관 (The National Hangeul Museum), which was opened on October 9, 2014. The Korean script, 한글  was invented by King Sejong in 1443, and the creation of 한글  has played a key role in enriching Korean culture. If you are interested in learning about the creator, history, and characteristics of  한글, 국립한글박물관  is an excellent place to visit. This place will definitely help you to learn in depth information about 한글.

Although this museum has a very modern and interesting appearance on the outside, as soon as you enter each exhibition halls, you will be suddenly immersed into the rich history of  한글 . The 2nd floor has permanent displays which relate to the creation, development, and globalization of 한글  and 문학  (literature). The 3rd floor has a special exhibition, 한글  learning center, and the children’s Museum: visitors can have an opportunity to become familiar with the Korean alphabet system and culture. The 1st floor has a library that provides access to educational resources and materials regarding  한글문학 , and 예술 (the arts).

This place offers a variety of educational programs, hands-on experiences, and detailed explanations about 한글. My favorite part of the exhibitions was information that 한글’s basic consonants were created based on the shape of the vocal organs, and the basic vowels created based on the shapes of heaven, man, and earth. Arrays of 1st grade Korean books that were on display also brought back many childhood memories.

This place is located at:

서울시 용산구 서빙고로  139

(139 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul)

Admission is free, and its hours of operations are:

  • Monday – Friday, Sunday, and national holidays 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Last Wednesdays of every month 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

* It is closed on January 1st, Seolnal (Lunar New Year’s day), and    Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)

국립한글박물관  provides guided tours in English, Chinese, and Japanese. If you are interested in finding out more information about this place, please click the following link to verify the times for guided tours, special programs, and exhibitions throughout the year.


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About the Author:Kyung-Hwa

안녕하세요? My name is Kyung-Hwa, and I am a native of South Korea. I am accustomed to both English and Korean languages and cultures. I greatly appreciate and love both of them. I am passionate about learning different languages, and I have studied English, Japanese, and Spanish. In my spare time, I take joy in singing, playing the piano, and reading books. I also enjoy traveling around the world, meeting people, and embracing new cultures and languages...


  1. Anika:

    This is such a beautiful museum and the gift shop is the best. My favorite was the area with the books and sofas. The quotes about language on the walls were inspiring to me as a writer.

    • Kyung-Hwa:

      @Anika I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the 국립한글박물관 (National Hangeul Museum).
      I also enjoyed the quotes on the walls and the gift shop.