The story of the small Indonesian Cia-Cia tribe that adopted Hangeul as its official writing system went on display in Gwanghwamun Square. Seoul City opened the ‘Exhibition Hall for the Cia-Cia Hangeul Story’ inside the ‘Story of King Sejong’ exhibition hall in Gwanghwamun Square on Feb. 12. The exhibition features basic information about the 60,000 people of the Cia-Cia tribe living around Bau-Bau city in southeast Sulawesi.
In the ‘Exhibition Hall for the Cia-Cia Hangeul Story,’ visitors found out through photographs why the Cia-Cia tribe adopted Hangeul as its official writing system and how the tribe has been learning Hangeul over the past four months, since its adoption. Also, visitors learnt how the Cia-Cia tribe’s spoken language is being transformed to better fit the writing system of Hangeul via various computer programs, as well as being able to listen to examples of the tribe’s spoken language. In addition, the exhibition showed off Hangeul textbooks published by the Seoul-based Hunminjeongeum Society and used by the Cia-Cia tribe.
In the future, Seoul City said it will continue to support for Cia-Cia tribe to swiftly adopt Hangeul through various exchange programs and help increase the global profile of Hangeul.