Ven. Sunhye (center) holds one of the original Tripitaka Koreana, or “Palmandaejangyeong,” printing blocks to be shown to the public to commemorate the upcoming 2013 Tripitaka Koreana Festival. (Yonhap)
The Tripitaka Koreana, a collection of Buddhist wooden printing blocks, will open to the public every Saturday and Sunday starting later this month.
Considered the most comprehensive set of Buddhist scriptures found to date, the Tripitaka Koreana, or "Palmandaejanggyeong" in Korean, comprises 13th-century Buddhist scriptures carved on more than 80,000 wooden printing blocks.
They are stored at Janggyeong Panjeon in the Haein Temple, in Hapcheon, 354 kilometers south of Seoul. The storage hall was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
According to the Haein Temple on Thursday, a tour program will begin on June 19, allowing people to look around the inside of Janggyeong Panjeon two times a day, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
People should make online reservations to join the 50-minute tour, and a maximum of 20 people will be allowed for each time slot.
The temple said it is the first time that the Tripitaka Koreana, a National Treasure included on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, is being opened to the public since its production in the 13th century. (Yonhap)