|Opening of the Museum||Holdings of Relics|
Entrance to the Printing Culture Exhibition Hall, located on the first floor of the office building in the Ansan Factory.
Printing equipment used currently as well as in the modern times is on display.
Type-casters, process cameras, and a modern electronic typesetting system are exhibited in this room.
Type-printers, pedal-type printers, lithography printers and various tools are on display.
Manual trimmers, manual embossing machines, and dictionary corner cutters are exhibited in this room.
「Jikji」 is the world's oldest extant book printed with movable metal type. It was published at least 78 years prior to Johannes Gutenberg's 「42-Line Bible」 and 145 years prior to 「Chun Qiu Fan Lu (rich dew of the Spring and Autumn Classics)」 in China. UNESCO confirmed Jikji as the world's oldest metalloid type on September 4, 2001 and included it in the Memory of the World Programme.
The greater part of the Jikji is now lost, and today only the last volume survives. Collin de Plancy, a chargé d'affaires with the French Embassy took it to France in the late 1990s and is now kept at the Manuscrits Orientaux division of the National Library of France. Jikji was published in Heungdeok Temple in Cheongju, Korea in 1377 under the title of 「Baekwoon Hwasang Chorok Buljo Jikji Simche Yojol」.
The title can be translated 「Anthology of Great Buddhist Priests' Zen Teachings」, and it is abbreviated to 「Buljo Jikji Simche Yojol」, 「Jikji Simche Yojol」, 「Jikji Simche」, or simply 「jikji」.