Batang and BatangChe are typefaces designed for typesetting the Korean language using the Hangul script. The style of Batang is “Myeongjo” or brush-inspired, equivalent to a serif style in Western typefaces. Batang is an appropriate typeface for body text in any document where long-form reading is expected, including books and newspapers. It could be combined with Gungsuh for headlines or titles.
Batang was designed by the HanYang type foundry in 1994. Both Batang and BatangChe include capitals and lowercase for the Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic alphabets, in both full-width and half-width form, as well as Japanese hiragana and katakana characters, Hanja (Chinese) characters, “square” Latin letter combinations (to fit within the square shape of the Korean and Chinese characters), characters (both Latin and Hangul) in circles or in parentheses, math symbols, and other symbols such as a telephone, a pointing hand, and a hot springs. Batang’s Latin letters have normal, variable widths; BatangChe’s Latin letters are monospaced (each letter has the same width).