Some times you must enter into the tiger's cave in order to catch it.
Dr Park faced resistance from both France and Korea while working to prove that the Jikji was the oldest extant book printed with metal movable type.
The Jikji reveals that the world's oldest extant book printed with metal movable type was published in Korea. On the last page of Jikji is recorded details of its publication, indicating that it was published in July 1377 at Heungdeok temple in Cheongju.
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Dr. Park was accused of being "a spy" and lost her position at the National Library of France.
Why is movable metal type important? It enabled information to be spread far and wide. Before movable metal type printing was invented, wooden block printing was the best method to publish books. Publishers carved each individual page of a book on each wooden block. A little time consuming! They could publish only one book at a time.
When was the Jikji Printed? Jikji was published in Heungdeok Temple in 1377, 78 years prior to Johannes Gutenberg's acclaimed "42-Line Bible" printed during the years 1452–1455.
An imaginative physical work using choral storytelling and the poetry of object puppets to tell an adventurous tale. Amoeba weaves the history of Jikji together with the true story of an ambitious young woman named Dr. Park, who while working at the National Library of France discovers a book- but not just any book. The Jikji.