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Art and Culture1 Updated: 2012-10-09 12:00:00 KST

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And now it's time for our arts and culture segment with Michelle Kim. Today, she'll introduce us to a performance celebrating Hangeul Day and a new movie coming soon to Korea.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Today is Hangeul Day, so I'm going to start off by introducing you to a play about King Sejong and the creation of Hangeul, the Korean alphabet. The play, a mystery-drama, puts on a lively display of Korean culture and history, with flashes of music and dance. Take a look.

The creation of the Korean alphabet is celebrated every year on Hangeul Day with festivals, writing contests and performances, and this year is no exception.
One of these events is a play called "The Deep Rooted Tree" that's based on the popular SBS drama of the same name from last year.
Like the drama, the play tells the story of how Hangul was created.
The first Hangeul Day was celebrated on November 4th, 1926, which was the 4-hundred-80th anniversary of King Sejong's proclamation of Hangeul, a new alphabet for the Korean language.
In 1946, after further research,.. that date was changed to October 9th, the day we celebrate today.
The play follows Chae-yoon, who is trying to find clues about a series of unsolved murders by a suspected serial killer.
Through his search for the killer, Chae-yoon discovers the murdered individuals all have something in common -- they were all academics who were part of King Sejong's plan to create Hangeul.
The play shows the conflict between King Sejong and the conservatives who wanted to keep using Chinese characters as the alphabet for the Korean language.
Producer Lee Gi-do said that the play invites the audience to learn more about King Sejong and his leadership and how the qualities he possessed might translate to shape how we think about the upcoming presidential election.

[Interview : Lee Gi-do, Producer]
"Hangeul Day is in the month of October.[[delete this]]

[[start here]] "I hope that through the play, the audience can think about Hangeul and the Korean language once again.
Also, King Sejong is said to be Koreans' favorite ruler. So I hope that the play allows people to think about what kind of leader the country needs right now by looking back at King Sejong's life."

"The Deep Rooted Tree" will be showing at the National Museum of Korea until October 31st.
KOGL : Korea Open Government License
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