By: hyunwoo and Thomas


According to the Sejiong Sillok, KIng Sejiong porclaimed publication of hunmin Jeongeum, the document introducing the newly created alphabet which was also originally called by the sane name, in the ninth month of the lunar calendar, which is on November 4 of the Gregorian calendar. Members of the Society declared it the first observance of "Gagyanal". The name came from "Gagyanal", an early colloguial name for hangul, based on amnemonic recitation beginning "Hangullal" in 1928, soon after the term "hangul", coined originally in 1913 by Ju Si-gyeong, became widely accepted as the new name for the alphabet. The day was then celebrated according to the lunar calender.

In 1931, the celebration of the day switched to October 29 of the Gregroian calender. In 1934, arose the claim that they must assume that the Julian calender was used in !446, so the date was again changed to October 28.

The discovery in 1940 of an original copy of the Hunmin Jeongeum Haerye, a volume of commentary to the Hunmin Jeongeum that appeared not long after the document it commented upon,revealed that the Hunmin Jeongeum was announced during the first ten ninth month. The tenth day of the ninth month of 1446 of the lunar calendar in 1446 was equivalent to October 9, on which governmental workers are excused from work.

It's legal status as a holiday was removed in 1991 because of pressure from major enployers to increase the number of working days, along with the introduction of the Korean United Nations Day. However, Hangul Day stillretains a legal status as a national commemoration day. The Hangul Society has campaigned to restore the holiday's former status, but with little impact until November 1st, 2012 when supporters won their biggest victory yet as the National Assembly voted 189 to 4 (4abstained) in favor of a resolution calling for the restoration of Hangul Day a public holiday.