Korean Language - Korea Tourism Organization

In Korea, the official language is which dates back in ancient times. Despite the fact that its relations to Ural Altaic languages and to Japanese had been discussed; Korean is accepted as an isolated language that has its own language family.

As Chinese alphabet Hanja was being used before, 15th century, Hangeul, one of the most indigenous and unique creations of the nation, was introduced in 1443 by King Sejong (1418-1050), the 4th king of the Joseon Dynasty to make reading and writing easier. Today both alphabets are taught in schools.