Recovering the past
Korea was responsible for the world’s first publication made using movable metal type, “Jikji Simche Yojeol,” which is on Unesco’s Memory of the World Register. The book, which contains essentials of Zen Buddhism, was printed in 1377 in Korea, before the Gutenberg Bible was printed in 1455. Since 2011, the Cultural Heritage Administration and the governments of North Chungcheong and Cheongju have been trying to recreate the metal type used. In the photo, an official of the Cheongju Early Printing Museum in Cheongju, North Chungcheong, shows their progress Tuesday. The first half of the book was lost and the second half is in the French National Library.