Confucian Printing Woodblocks

Documentary heritage submitted by the Republic of Korea and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2015.

© Advanced Center for Korean Studies
Yeongga ji (Chronicles of Andong County).

This documentary heritage, collectively named the “Confucian Printing Woodblocks in Korea,” comprises 64,226 hand-carved blocks used for printing 718 titles of works written during the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910). They have been entrusted by 305 family clans and Confucian academies.

The woodblocks are a prototype of text communication technology that enabled exploration and dissemination of ideas, engaging scholars and intellectuals across time and distances. They covered a wide range of subjects, including literature, politics, economy, philosophy, and interpersonal relations. The ultimate theme is creating ideal communities built on Confucian morality.

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