September 27, 2023

Politics and the Korean language: a history of Chinese characters in the DPRK

Both simplified and traditional characters remain in use to this day

It would not be an exaggeration to say that old Korea was a cultural colony of China: Chinese culture had unquestionable prestige on the peninsula until the 19th century.

In fact, it was the only culture considered worthy. Classical Chinese was the language of literature, politics, and any civilized discussion.