Promotion of Hangeul

More Efforts Needed to Globalize Korean Heritage

Posted on koreatimes.co.kr

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The country will celebrate the 563rd anniversary of the promulgation of Hangeul, the Korean alphabetic system, on Friday. This year’s Hangeul Day has special meaning because children of an ethnic group in Indonesia have begun to learn their own language by using the Korean script. It is the first time that Hangeul has been officially adopted by a foreign society outside Korea.

Korea has recently stepped up its efforts to promote the use of Hangeul and the Korean language around the world, but has often found it difficult to achieve its globalization. Against this backdrop, the Indonesian case is a rare achievement. About 50 elementary school students belonging to the Cia-Cia ethnic group in Baubau, a town on Buton Island, off southeastern Sulawesi, started learning their native language using a Hangeul textbook in July.

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