Typewriter Invented by Kong Byung-woo Registered Cultural Heritage No. 552-1
It is the first mass production model of a three-set typewriter developed by Kong Byung-woo who requested Underwood of the United States for production and import to Korea. The standard keyboard that people use these days feature a two-set arrangement consisting of consonants and vowels but the keyboard of Kong Byung-woo’s typewriter is a three-set system, including consonants, vowels and final consonants. The three-set system realizes the principle of King Sejong’s invention of Hunminjeongeum (The Proper Sounds for the Instruction of the People), which is constituted of initial, intermediate and final consonants, into keys of consonants, vowels and final consonants. It is a product made in the early days of Korean typewriters, which made a significant contribution to the mechanization of Hangul.
- Designation No.Registered Cultural Heritage No. 552-1
- ClassificationRegistered Cultural Heritage / Other / Hill
- Management bodyKing Sejong the Great Memorial Society
- AddressKing Sejong the Great Memorial Hall, 56, Hoegi-ro (Cheongnyangni-dong), Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul