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On beautiful Mt. Gayasan in Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, stands Haeisna-one of the three principle Buddhist temples in Korea. Haeisna represents the distinguished cultural legacy of Korean Buddhism, with more than 1,200 years of heritage. Having been home to many virtuous priests over the past century, it is also one of ten Avatamsaka educational temples in Korea, known as the first Dharma Jewel Monastery. It was given this title due to the fact that it enshrines the Goryeo Daejanggyeong (Goryeo Dynasty Tripitaka). The Tripitaka (Sanskrit for “Three Baskets”) Koreana holds a collection of printed wood blocks, called the Janggyeong Pan, which are on UNESCO’s World Memory list. The Janggyeong Panjeon is the house that preserves the Tripitaka Koreana, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.





One of the most cherished national treasures of Korea is the Goryeo Daejanggyeong (Goryeo Dynasty Tripitaka). Korean poet and former Buddhist monk, Ko Un, whose name is regularly mentioned among the favorites nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature, once said that the only adequate description of the Tripitaka Koreana is “cultural phenomenon.” It is said that the Goryeo Daejanggyeong can be compared to the Egyptian Pyramids in terms of the mystery of the ancient technology used in the construction. A lesser known fact, however, is the value of the wooden structure within Haeinsa-the Janggyeong Panjeon, a depository for the collection of the Goryeo Daejanggyeong. The following is a list of several examples of the inherent value that this structure has allowed us to discover.




The Goryeo Daejanggyeong Phenomenon (Goryeo Dynasty Tripitaka)
Janggyeong Panjeon: Incomparable Scientific Preservation


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