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Haein-sa: The temple of the Back Art. South Korea. ©UNESCO 1998
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Haein-sa: The temple of the Back Art. South Korea

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The Temple of Haeinsa, on Mount Gaya, 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.

on this subject: Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks

Place/country: Republic of Korea
Type: Documentary
Credits: Lee Jang Jong, director ; Martin-Jochen Schulz, director. KBS Production, publisher. UNESCO WHC, producer ; 16:9 Action Plan of the European Union, producer.
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