Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, 
the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks (1995)
Republic of Korea

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Republic of Korea 1998. Top part of pane illustrating the Tripitaka Koreana.  

The Temple of Haeinsa, on Mount Kaya, 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. 

The top part (shown) contains one of each of the two stamps issued, and is separated from the bottom portion of the pane by a row of perforations. The lower part of the pane contains 6 stamps of the 1,70-value and 4 stamps of the 3,80-value. 

Sources and links:

Other World Cultural Heritage Properties in Republic of Korea (on this web site). For more information about the individual properties, please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Republic of Korea-section.

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Revised 21 jul 2006  
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