The Korean Peninsula, inhabited for atleast 700,000 years, has been under Chinese, Japanese, and Russian influences throughout much of its history. War-torn Korea has been pushed and pulled in religious beliefs as well as social structure, including linguistic choices.

Korea based its first writing system on classical Chinese. However, Ido could not be easily adapted to the Korean Language. In the mid-15th century CE, the country created its own Hangui script.


Artifact:  Fragment, Korean script on paper, with embossed government seals; produced approximately 160 years after the development of an independent writing system, circa 1600 CE.


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