A ceremony took place in central Seoul on Wednesday to mark the 567th anniversary of the invention and proclamation of Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, with 3,000 citizens and officials including Prime Minister Chung Hong-won in attendance.
At the ceremony, six individuals and two groups were given national awards of merit for their contributions to research and promotion of the Korean language, followed by performances celebrating the event.
This year's Hangeul Day is even more special, because it is the first time in 23 years that it is being celebrated as a national holiday, after having been stripped of its designation back in 1991. Citizens and visitors enjoyed perfect autumn weather with their loved ones, while reflecting on the meaning of the day.
Hangeul was invented by King Sejong the Great in the 15th century to make it easier for ordinary people to read and write, and it replaced the Chinese characters that were used to express the Korean language at the time. It has often been praised by linguists as one of the most scientific, easy-to-learn alphabets in the world.