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10th Anniversary tie-up with the Cheongju Early Printing Museum in Korea
Birth of Korean Metal Type Culture

Past View

The 10th anniversary of the tie-up between the Printing Museum, Tokyo and the Cheongju Early Printing Museum in Korea is drawing near. To commemorate this milestone, a special exhibit entitled "The Birth of Korean Metal Type Culture" will be presented in the exhibition hall at the Printing Museum, Tokyo

The coming exhibition will be divided into three major zones. The first, "Cheongju City and the Cheongju Early Printing Museum," will present the history, facilities, activities, and location of the Cheongju Early Printing Museum in Cheongju City, Korea.

The second zone will introduce the type-casting and printing technologies used to produce Baekunhwasang Chorok Buljo Jikji Simche Yojol ("Jikji"), the oldest extant book printed with metal type. Visitors to this section will learn all about Jikji, the copper type used to print it, where and when it was printed (Heungdeok Temple in Cheongju, Korea in 1377), the historical significance of Jikji in general, and the methods used to cast copper type in 12th century Korea.

The third zone, "Metal type culture in Korea," will demonstrate that printing with metal type was practiced on the Korean Peninsula ahead of Gutenberg's movable type printing with wooden printing presses and lead casting type. Visitors to this zone will see a restoration of an ancient Korean typesetting shop and facsimile reproductions of works such as Sipchil sachan gogeum tongyo (Essentials of seventeen Dynastic Histories, published in 1403) and The Buddha's Moon Reflected on a Thousand Rivers (printed in Hangul type).

Schedule: Apr. 26, 2014 (Sat) - Jul. 4, 2014 (Fri)
Closed: Mondays, May.7
*Open, however, on May.5
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00
Admission: Adults: 300 yen
University students: 200 yen
High school and junior high school students: 100 yen
Children up to elementary school age (12 years old): free
* Admission charges may change during Temporary Exhibitions.

*50 yen discount per person in groups of more than 20 people
*Free admittance to senior citizens (65 years and over)
*Free admittance to visitors holding handicapped-persons' cards and their attendant
*Free admittance on Culture Day, Nov 3
Birth of Korean Metal Type Culture

Printing Museum, Tokyo, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Special Cooperation
Cheongju Early Printing Museum in Korea

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