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Chungcheongbuk-do » Cheongju-si » Cheongju Heungdeoksa Temple Site (청주 흥덕사지)

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Cheongju Heungdeoksa Temple Site (청주 흥덕사지)   
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Address
713, Jikji-daero, Heungdeok-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
충북 청주시 흥덕구 직지대로 713 (운천동)
Type
Monuments
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-43-200-2227
Homepage
jikjiworld.cjcity.net
(Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese,
German, French, Spanish)
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Introduction
A large number of relics were unearthed at this site due to a land development project in 1985. Work was halted and relics were excavated by the Cheongju University Museum. The time and size of Heungdeoksa Temple is unknown, but according to Jikji (Buljojikjisimcheyojeol, the world’s oldest existing book printed with movable metal type), the excavated books were printed using metal types at the temple in the third year of King Uwang’s reign (1377). The books were published 78 years earlier than Gutenberg’s invention.

In 1972, the Jikji was officially recognized as the world’s oldest book printed with movable metal type during the International Book Year. The Buljojikjisimcheyojeol is kept at the National Library of France.
Current Status
Historic Site No. 315
Admission Fees
Free
Restrooms
Available
Facilities for the Handicapped
Wheelchair rental, separate restrooms, reserved parking spaces
Interpretation Services Offered
English, Chinese, Japanese
(Advanced reservations required.)
Directions
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Cheongju (청주).
* Bus schedule: 06:50-21:00, 20min intervals
From Cheongju Bus Terminal, take Bus 831 to Cheongju Arts Center(예술의전당).
* Bus schedule: 05:53-22:23, 10min intervals
Cross the Jikji-ro(직지로) at the crosswalk, and go straight for about 200m.

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