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The National Library of Korea is holding an exhibition on ancient dictionaries. The exhibition displays about 170 dictionaries from the past and runs until Jan. 31. Seen here is a 9-centimeter (3.54 inches) long, pocket-size dictionary from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The aristocrats of Joseon carried the book and referred to it whenever needed. The book, printed by a bronze block, contained information like family lineages of the Joseon kings, important commemorative days, names of government organizations and titles as well as the formalities of weddings and other rituals. [NATIONAL LIBRARY OF KOREA]
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