The Amazing Tripitaka Woodblocks.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
402Trip End Dec 31, 2013
You'd have to ask the original monks of Haeinsa in Korea because they succeeded where modern technology failed. During the 1970's the President of South Korea ordered the construction of a modern storage facility for the woodblocks which are UNESCO Heritage listed. The facility was equipped with advanced ventilation, and temperature and humidity control but some test woodblocks began to grow mildew and the plan to move and house them elsewhere was scrapped. The original library building they were placed in, in the 14th century still stands and was built by the monks with its own perfect ventilation system. The woodblocks are back where they belong.
We journeyed to Haeinsa to see one of the most beautiful temples in a forest and mountain setting and to absorb and learn the history of the woodblocks
More than 80,000 of them.
We were able to peer through the slats of the huge library, but photography was forbidden, unfortunately.
Walking back down the mountain we came across a beautiful pond with a coin wishing font out in the water. A group of Koreans were trying their luck, throwing coins in an attempt to land them in the font. As luck would have it Avan had a go and first coin went in, much to the excitement of our fellow Korean travellers, with many we presume congratulations (in Korean). Avan now expects at least several years of good luck.
On leaving Haeinsa we had another wonderful moment of assistance the Koreans are so good at
Footnote: Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, the Depositories for the Tripataka Koreana Woodblocks are UNESCO World Heritage listed.