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Saying Hello in Korean

Saying Hello in Korean

I just got home from a sfc activity and whilst sitting on my workstation in my room and playing with my phone, I figured out to post this greeting =)

Hello = 안녕하세요!

King Sejong Story Museum

King Sejong Story Museum

It’s our first official day to tour Korea and our first destination is the famous Gwanghwamun Square [광화문광장] where the majestic statue of King Sejong welcomes everyone right at the heart of the plaza.

King Sejong welcomes everyone at the heart of Gwanghwamun Square
King Sejong welcomes everyone at the heart of Gwanghwamun Square

*How to get to Gwanghwamun, please check our video on this link.

Amidst the beautiful and captivating scenery of the plaza, Korea established an underground museum in honor of his highness.

King Sejong the great is the fourth King of Joseon dynasty and served his country from 1397 to 1450.  He was known for being a kind king and one of his many great contribution is the creation of Korea’s own alphabet “Hangeul” [한글].

King Sejong's Museum Entrance is right behind his majestic statue.
King Sejong’s Museum Entrance is right behind his majestic statue.

Of course, I wouldn’t miss visiting his museum as I am greatly interested of how Hangeul came about and to discover more of who King Sejong the great is.

The museum walls are filled with Hangeul Alphabets placed in a very artistic way.

Korean Alphabet "한글" (Hangeul)
Korean Alphabet “한글” (Hangeul)
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Calligraphy of Hangeul Alphabet

And a huge framed Hangeul calligraphy (which is really historic looking for me.  I felt liked I was  teleported back in time.). I always wanted to learn how to write like this but still haven’t got the chance to try (hopefully soon).

Miniature artworks are also on display to show what it was like during King Sejong reign.

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King Sejong and his councils.
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King Sejong and his scholar advisers.
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Joseon people learning the Hangeul through the efforts of King Sejong’s project in teaching not only the scholars but all of his countrymen especially the poor.
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King Sejong encountered many difficulties in fulfilling his dream to propagate the Hangeul but all his hardwork paid off.

It’s amazing how they have created this miniature.  It’s really a work of art (if I may say =P).

History was summarized on one side of the museum wall.  And since this is a tourist spot, descriptions are made available in English for foreigners and in Hangeul for Korea’s people and for those who are learning and learned Hangeul (like me =P).

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A special audio application guide was created for both android and iphone smart phones to assist the visitors in preferred language in touring the museum (really fancy and cool, right?). Just place your phone over the Qcode and it will direct you to download the application right away.

sejong-5On the other part of the museum, colorful small frames of Hangeul written letters made by Korean people (most of them are students) in honor of King Sejong, Hangeul, Family and of their great passion to their country.

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My mom and me posing in front of the colorful letter frames.
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Funky Mama doing the Korean peace pose =P.
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Colorful and heartfelt letters.
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If you know Korean language, you will definitely enjoy reading these letters on the museum walls.

Information desks are available (of course)

sejong-21sejong-19 and a souvenir shop filled with interesting items related to King Sejong, Hangeul and all about Korea.sejong-20

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It was an amazing experience for me and it brought me to appreciate more the Korean language.  It led me to give more effort in my studies and aiming to be fluent in a much faster pace.

Thank you for reading my blog and enjoying my photos.  I encourage you to visit King Sejong’s Story Museum during your Korea tour and experience it for yourself.

What are you waiting for? Add this Korea Spot on your to visit list.

어서 오세요! Come and visit King Sejong’s Story Museum.

감사합니다. 건강하고 행복하세요!

4am Korean Study

4am Korean Study

It’s 4am and I couldn’t sleep.  So, I’m studying Korean instead while having my favorite OSulloc  Green flake (yum! yum!)

These two books are from TTMIK. I bought them during my visit at You Are Here Cafe in Korea and also where I met Teacher Hyung Hwa that was so sweet to sign one of the books =) and I got a free hug as well.

Korean Language Books
Korean Language Books
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Signed by my Teacher Kyunghwa

I’ll tell you more about it on my next blog post.  Gotta go back to studying.

Thanks for reading =).

감사합니다!