Jikji was inscribed on UNESCO’s the Memory of the World


JIKJI was inscribed on Memory of the World Register, UNESCO with Gutenberg’s 42-line Bible on the same day. By this, this book is not only Korean’s heritage but the world’s heritage. Eventually, the world recognized the value of this book. In this chapter, we tell you the influence to civilization of this book and the value as world heritage. And the world leader and scholars tell you great value of movable metal type.

The proposal of JIKJI for Inscription on the Memory of the World was suggested during the 1996 seminar of UNESCO Chungcheong Province Association for the first time. The conclusion of this seminar was that Cheongju city should propose inscription of Jikji as the Memory of the World Register, because it was printed in it.

Jikji was printed with movable metal type in 1377 which was 78 years earlier than the Gutenberg’s 42-line bible and 145 years earlier than China’s Chunchubeonro. Consequently, Jikji has more value than two of them as documentary heritage.

Hence, Cheongju city, the Early Printing Museum of Cheongju, UNESCO Korea Committee and UNESCO Chungcheong Province Association cooperated and submitted Jikji as the Memory of the World. Jikji was examined during 2001 5th International Counsel Committee session. By three organizations’ efforts, it was inscribed on the Memory of the World Register in Sep 4th, 2001.

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