born 1397
died 1450

Monarch of the Chosŏn dynasty in Korea during whose reign (1419–50) Korean cultural achievements reached a high point.

Sejong oversaw the creation of hangul, the Korean alphabet (see Korean language), and banned Buddhist monks from Seoul, thereby reducing the power and wealth of the Buddhist hierarchy.

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▪ Korean ruler

born 1397
died 1450

      monarch of the Yi dynasty during whose reign (1419–50) cultural achievements in Korea reached their highest point. Sejong is best known for his development of Hangul (han'gŭl), a phonetic system for writing the Korean language, considered one of the most scientific alphabets in use in any country. He is also known for his action in banning all Buddhist monks from Seoul, drastically reducing the power and wealth of the Buddhist hierarchy.

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