Korean fonts

The key characteristic feature of any Korean font is the support of certain character maps, containing the native Korean characters or jamo as they are originally called. The native alphabet of the Korean language is called Hangul. This alphabet was formed in the middle of the 15th century and it is now commonly used in both North and South Korea. So, if you are looking for an authentic Korean fonts, make sure it supports the Hangul character map.

Speaking about the Korean font, it is interesting to note that there are 51 jamo or characters in the Hangul alphabet, 24 of which are equivalent to Latin letters. The rest of the symbols are clusters or combinations of two or more letters.

The Korean language and Hangul in particular is considered by some linguists as the most perfect phonetic system ever developed. It is because in traditional Korean font every character or glyph represents the phoneme it denotes. Furthermore, the shapes of letters are associated with the shape of the articulatory organs, such as mouth, tongue, lips, when a particular sound is produced.

Another interesting feature of the Korean language is that a text is written from top to bottom right to left. However, the horizontal style of writing is also used in modern times, and it is said to be gaining more and more popularity.

Describing the traditional Korean font, experts mostly define it as the one with sans-serif angular lines of even thickness. Nowadays there are two standardized examples of Korean fonts: Batang and Dotum. They are used even in Microsoft Windows. In order to get familiar with true Korean font samples, have a look at Un Batang and Un Dotum fonts, available for free download at Fonts2u. Along with traditional Latin letters, these fonts support Hangul alphabet, Hangul syllables, and over a dozen of other character maps.

Thanks to a standard-setting font searching at Fonts2u, one can define the particular character set that should be supported by a font or fonts required. Looking for Korean fonts, you just specify the necessary character map support, as well as any additional font characteristics, and the system will identify the fonts, which meet your criteria, from a vast database hosted by Fonts2u.