History never interests me. Not when I was studying in school, not now. But I’m being biased. When KBS World premiered the historical drama “King Sejong” as its weekend drama last year, I almost didn’t miss an episode! I watched the story of one of Korea’s greatest leader, King Sejong with GREAT interest. I promise I won’t bore you with so many facts, because you can always Google for them. 🙂
The main thing that one should know about King Sejong or Sejong The Great is that he was the king that created the Korean alphabets, Hangeul. King Sejong decided to create Korean own handwriting/alphabets because the Chinese characters are hard to learn and not all people can learn them (only aristocrats and royalties can learn to read and write at that time). He wanted his poor citizens to learn to read and write too, so he created the easy-to-write alphabets (more will be explained about Hangeul in another post).
To commemorate his meaningful contribution to the nation, King Sejong is featured on the 10000₩ [Korean Won] banknotes. I have such a special spot for this King. Perhaps it’s because of the drama that depicted his life in a very meaningful way. This was the ‘version’ of King Sejong that I was talking about. Hehehe.
More info, you can find it here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sejong_the_Great