The Jikji Theatre Project
An ongoing physical project researching the movement and dynamic of Jikji.
Dr. 박병선 proved Korea was the first place in the world where moveable metal type was used for printing. This collection, also referred to by its shortened name “Jikji” , was printed in 1377, 78 years earlier than the Gutenberg Bible. UNESCO honored it by including it in its World Heritage listing in 2001.
This true story takes place not long after the Korean War, in 1955, when Dr.박병선first flew to Paris. Secretly looking for cultural relics that had been stolen from Korea during the 1866 attack on Gangwando Island known as the병인양요, she discovers the 직지 (Jikji.)
Plunge into a physical world of storytelling as the memories of Dr. Park take you on historic and imaginative retelling of her discovery of the 직지and her lifetime struggle to return it to its rightful home in Korea.