The Tripitaka Koreana, and the Janggyeong Panjeon
On the middle of Mt. Gaya, there is an ancient temple ‘Haeinsa Temple’. Two cultural assets are registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites in Haeinsa.
It’s called the Tripitaka Koreana, and the Janggyeong Panjeon, which keeps the Tripitaka Koreana.
Janggyeong Panjeon is registered as a World Heritage site, and Tripitaka Koreana is registered as a documentary heritage.
Tripitaka Koreana(the complete collection of Buddhist scriptures carved on over eighty thousand woodblocks) is a collection of scriptures that record Buddha’s words. Haeinsa Tripitaka Koreana is a wooden board engraved with a Buddhist scriptures on a woodblock.
The Tripitaka Koreana of Haeinsa is a masterpiece that is not only outstanding, but also perfect compared to the one made by the Song Dynasty and the Kitan.
Haeinsa Janggyeong Panjeon, which houses the Tripitaka Koreana, is known for its scientific architecture that effectively utilizes the natural environment.
Thanks to Janggyeong Panjeon, the Tripitaka Koreana were kept intact to this day.
The Janggyeong Panjeon, a building that utilizes nature and science perfectly, and more than 80,000 Tripitaka Koreana are the treasures of Korea, which are highly artistic.
The greatest scripture: The Tripitaka Koreana
The Tripitaka Koreana is one of the greatest treasures in the world. The original name of the Tripitaka Koreana is ‘Koryeo Daejanggyeong’.
As there are 80,000 plates, it was also called the Tripitaka Koreana.
You can’t help but be surprised at the size of the it’s view of Haeinsa.
The number of plates for the Tripitaka Koreana is as much as 81,258. The Tripitaka Koreana contains more than 1,500 kinds of scriptures, and 6,800 books have been printed from the scriptures.
Here’s a quick numerical description of the Tripitaka Koreana.
Currently, the length of the stacked plate is 3,200 meters, and if you connect it in a single row, it is over 60 kilometers from Gwanghwamun Square to Suwon Hwaseong.
It weighs about 35 8-ton trucks. The number of letters on the tablet is as much as 52 million.
In addition, more than 52 million letters carved on woodblocks have excellent unity as if they were carved by a single person. It’s about reaching the point of art.
Masterpiece combining the natural environment and religion: Janggyeong Panjeon
The structure that keeps the Tripitaka Koreana is called Janggyeong Panjeon. It is not the Tripitaka Koreana that is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site, but the Janggyeong Panjeon that houses the plates. It’s the oldest building left in Haeinsa, and it’s the only one in the world that’s built for the storage of the Tripitaka Koreana.
Thanks to the scientific design, the Tripitaka Koreana remains intact to this day. The Tripitaka Koreana, a perfect scriptures with a long history, and the Janggyeong Panjeon Hall, which boasts a simple beauty and scientific design, are valuable and precious cultural assets of its ancestors.
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