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Korean Hangeul typography project

Posted by rod - 19.05.2011

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Korean designer Ki-chul Song created this amazing Hangeul Typography project.

“Have you heard about the Hangeul writing system that Koreans use? Koreans have used Hangeul since its invention in 1443 by King Sejong. Hangeul is quite different from the written character sets of neighboring countries such as China and Japan. Hangeul consists of 14 consonants and 10 vowels; these 24 characters can cover almost every spoken sound. In particular, the consonants of Hangeul are easy to learn because the characters were patterned after human speech organs and the stroke-adding principle, which adds strokes to basic characters to create new characters. Thanks to these features, Hangeul is recognized as one of the most scientific and logical character sets of the information era. I can feel this feature when I send text messages in Hangeul through cell phones, one of the representative information devices of our time.”

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5 Comments (add yours?)
  • From: rek
  • May 19, 2011

“… almost every spoken sound” is a bit misleading. Hangul is indeed an inspired solution to the problems Sejong and his court faced, but these 24 characters are just a fraction of the 160+ phonetic symbols in the International Phonetic Alphabet to transcribe speech. Almost every spoken sound *in Korean*? Sure.

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If you’re going to put the “e” in it’s “hangeul,” not “hanguel.”

  • From: rod
  • Jun 16, 2011

Thanks Helena (typos Arrrrggghhh!)

  • From: Jason
  • Sep 24, 2015

I love this character at the top of the page. I’m very curious as to what it means. Could anyone help me out with that?

Thank you


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