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Tripitaka Koreana Library


An extensive library of wooden tablets containing the Buddhist scriptures is kept in this airy library. The curators determined that an architecture, a structure called Janggyeong Pangeon, open to the outside air was the ideal temperature and humidity for the preservation of these hundred of year old engraved wood blocks. The blocks have been carved in relief to print pages when coated in ink.

These comments are from the official World Heritage Site:

The Temple of Haein-sa, on Mount Kaya, is home to the Tripitaka Koreana, the most complete collection of Buddhist texts, engraved on 80,000 woodblocks between 1237 and 1248. The buildings of Janggyeong Pangeon, which date from the 15th century, were constructed to house the woodblocks, which are also revered as exceptional works of art. As the oldest depository of the Tripitaka, they reveal an astonishing mastery of the invention and implementation of the conservation techniques used to preserve these woodblocks.

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