While I think it is generally considered important to learn Hangul (한글) when learning Korean, is there a point in the learning process where learning hanja (Chinese characters) may also be important.
For me, I began to learn 한자 when I was working with Korean genealogical records (족보). For that part of my work, you essentially had to know 한자. But most Korean learners are not trying to read 200 year old records.
Is there a reason for Korean learners to learn 한자, especially those just wishing to be conversational in Korean?