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Silla, the Golden Kingdom of Korea

Silla (57 BC[note 1] – 935 AD) (Hangul: 신라; Hanja: 新羅; RR: Silla Korean pronunciation: [ɕil.la]) was a kingdom located in southern and central parts of the Korean Peninsula. Silla, along with Baekje and Goguryeo, formed the Three Kingdoms of Korea. Founded by Hyeokgeose of Silla, of the Park family, the Korean[2] dynasty was ruled by the Gyeongju Gim (Kim) (김, 金) clan for 586 years, Miryang Park (Bak)(박, 朴) clan for 232 years, Seok clan for 172 years. It began as a chiefdom in the Samhan confederacies, once allied with Sui China and then Tang China, until it eventually conquered the other two kingdoms, Baekje in 660 and Goguryeo in 668. Thereafter, Later Silla occupied most of the Korean Peninsula, while the northern…

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Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the March 1st Movement!

March 1st this year is even more special than in the past years because it marks the 100th anniversary of the March 1st (Independence) Movement, known as “Samil-jeol” (삼일절) in Korean (which literally means “Three-One Movement”) as well as the establishment of Korea’s provisional government in 1919 during the Japanese occupation. Please take a few minutes to read an excerpt from Wikipedia regarding this historic day for Koreans. You can find the original here. (Image credit: HKKA Korean Language School.)   March 1st Movement The March 1st Movement was one…

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Celebrating Jeongwol Daeboreum!

Jeongwol Daeboreum refers to the first full moon of the Lunar New Year, which falls on the 15th day of the lunar calendar. This first full moon is considered to be the largest and roundest of all the moons in the year. On this day, traditions and customs are performed to wish for a peaceful and bountiful year. In 2019, Jeongwol Daeboreum falls on February 19 of the Gregorian calendar. Jeongwol Daeboreum is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Korea’s traditions, and there are plenty of hands-on activities and…

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Celebrating Seollal!

Seollal (Lunar New Year; first day of the lunar calendar) is one of the most celebrated national holidays in Korea. While many observe Sinjeong (Solar New Year; January 1 of the Gregorian/Western calendar), Koreans also celebrate Seollal, which usually lasts for three days (the day of, the day before, and the day after). This year, Seollal falls on February 5 of the Gregorian calendar. More than just a holiday to mark the beginning of a new year, Seollal is truly a special occasion for Korean people. Not only is it a time for…

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Celebrating Hangul Day!

Today (October 9) is Hangul Day in Korea! Hangul Day is a national holiday in Korea celebrating the invention and proclamation of Hangul, the Korean alphabet. Before the invention of the Korean writing system, Koreans mainly used Chinese characters as well as a very old native phonetic writing system. But, this was a problem for the lower class people who weren’t as privileged as the upper class in receiving proper education. The Chinese writing system had very many characters and also it was different to the native phonetic writing system…

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