llcheesell: Did You Know? « ヒナポン Kana is traditionally said to have been invented by the Buddhist priest Kūkai in the 9th century. Kūkai certainly brought the Siddham script home on his return from China in 806; his interest in the sacred aspects of speech and writing led him to the conclusion that Japanese would be better represented by a phonetic alphabet than by the kanji which had been used up to that point.
I like this. Although....when I was in Korea, I saw a chart at a museum, that I would love to find as well. It listed the US letters/phonic, and the corresponding Hangul letter. That allowed me to understand what the sounds were for each Hangul letter.