Photo credit: Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea
Tripitaka Koreana is a complete collection of Buddhist scriptures, including Buddha’s discourses and sutras (rules of discipline) carved into wooden printing blocks, also known as the Palman Daejanggyeong (meaning Eighty Thousand Tripitaka in Korean due to the number of the printing blocks in the collection). Since the first half of the Goryeo Dynasty (918~1392), the Tripitaka Koreana was stored in the buildings of Janggyeongpanjeon Hall of Haeinsa Temple in Gyeongsangnam-do with other existing printing blocks, and was designated as the country's national treasures altogether.
In addition, this heritage is recognized as the most comprehensive example of the woodblock printing technique in all known Buddhist scriptures of that time in terms of its scholastic excellence (comparing, proofreading, adjusting, and arranging) as well as technical aspect. Lacquered using sap from the lacquer tree, the woodblocks have excellent durability and can still print crisp copies 760 years after their creation.
<Last updated on October 27, 2015>