Reading “Korea and her neighbors” – 2, Hangul & Education


In the villages, as distinguished from the hamlets, on the Han there are schools, but they are not open to the public. Families club together and engage a teacher, but the pupils are only of the scholarly class, and only Chinese learning in Wenli is taught, this being the stepping-stone to official position, the object of the ambition of every Korean. En-itiim(Hangeul) is despised, and is not used as a written language by the educated class. I observed, however, that a great many men of the lower orders on the river were able to read their own script.

Bird, Isabella L. (Isabella Lucy), 1831-1904. Korea and her neighbors; a narrative of travel, with an account of the recent vicissitudes and present position of the country (Kindle posiotion No.1248-1250). New York, Chicago [etc.] F.H. Revell Co..


There are no native schools for girls, and though women of the upper classes learn to read the native script, the number of Korean women who can read is estimated at two in a thousand. It appears that a philosophy largely imported from China, superstitions regarding daemons, the education of men, illiteracy, a minimum of legal rights, and inexorable custom have combined to give woman as low a status in civilized Korea as in any of the barbarous countries in the world. Yet there is no doubt that the Korean woman, in addition to being a born intrigante^ exercises a certain direct influence, especially as mother and mother-in-law, and in the arrangement of marriages.

Bird, Isabella L. (Isabella Lucy), 1831-1904. Korea and her neighbors; a narrative of travel, with an account of the recent vicissitudes and present position of the country (Kindle position No.5442-5446). New York, Chicago [etc.] F.H. Revell Co..

You can read the book online or get PDF and Kindle book from here.


See: the pictures of before and after.


70% of Korean words originate from Kanji(Hanja) [update2]

I’ve been reading Korean newspapers in Korean, English and Japanese. Today, I was very surprised to read Japanese version of The Chosun Ilbo article mentioned this.


In 1995, professor 全広鎮 at 成均館大 university was asked by his 9 years-old daughter.
“Daddy, what is tougou?” “That means an equal sign” “Then, why do you say tougou? ” That moment, the professor felt dizzy.. If only she knew “equal” as in “等”(tou) and “sign” as in “号”(gou)… There is no way of knowing what that is if you write that in Hangul…


The 70% of Korean words and 90% of academic words are Kanji-originated words.

from “韓国で出版された新しい漢字語辞典とは” The Chosun Ilbo 2007/11/06 16:48:35

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Wikipedia fiasco continues, part 2

As you know, many South Koreans go crazy about Wikipedia [1] if and only if “Japan” is the subject. And that attracts many interests from variety people. But no one seems to care about real subject related Korea. They do everything to bring down Japan and they do every thing to hide or do very little about the history of Korea.

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East Sea, Chosun Sea, Sea of Korea, Sea of Peace…- whatever not “Japan” in it

This is the one of the meaningless controversies between Korea and Japan. Well, most Japanese don’t even know Korea wants to change the name of “Sea of Japan”. Who cares? Obviously, Koreans do, especially, the government of ROK and VANK, the internet terrorist group.

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Hangul: “is currently taught in countries without own alphabet system by the UN”

The korean alphabet is currently taught in countries without own alphabet system by the UN becuase it is considered to be the more cientific and efficient alphabet system in the world.

They say the UN approved the supremacy of Hangul and the UN is teaching it all over the world.


I often hear this claim from many many Koreans. I wonder which “countries”. I searched in vain.

All I found was this article “Korean government decided to spend 200 billion won to spread Hangul all over the world” in Japanese version of Chosen Illbo dated “2006/03/15”.

If Hangul is that great, why you need to spend that amount of money?

Uri Nara Mansae again…


A few years later, South Korean government admitted that it was false after a journalist did his job. But almost every news outlets praised how the world admitted the supremacy of Korean(Hangul)..even the story was in the textbook and was taught in schools. The government accused the media outlets for exaggeration, but the media outlets accused for releasing false information. idiots.

This is known as “Dispute about Hangul supremacy” and everything is busted. See the Wikipedia entry.

한글의 우수성에 관한 논란 – Wikipedia(in Korean)

ハングル優越主義– Wikipedia(in Japanese)


Hangul: “proved to be the more efficent and easier to learn”

korean alphabet proved to be more efficent and easier to learn than the chinese one”

Right, right.

Then why didn’t they use Hangul in the first place? Was there any public school for non-Yangban? How many? Proof?

What is the name of the first newspaper which used Hanja-Hangul? And who was the editor? Where did the first ever created Hangul fonts come from? Who came up with the idea of mixed “Hanja-Hangul”?

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“Korean history is 5000 years old™” business

Korean history is 5000 years old or roughly 2000 years older then Japanese history. … ironically enough the Japanese constantly distort history at the price of destroying relations with China and Korea.

Koreans believe the myth as history.  Even the president of South Korea says “Our 5,000 years of history”… oh boy.

The thing is… you can’t include myths as part of your “history”. 

History of a nation starts when clear evidence of a political hierarchy and state (including proto-state) structure have emerged in the society, the society must also have attained a sufficient level of development, for example, with the elites being actually able to record history through writing, to be really considered as a civilization. This thus excludes all primitive/tribal societies of hunter and gatherers or nomads.


It’s Koreans who are distorting history. I’m beginning to think that Korea eliminated the use of Chinese character so that nobody reads real historical documents to verify what they had been taught.

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