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        Printing in Korea

        The art of woodblock printing was developed by the Chinese, and was advanced by the need to reproduce Buddhist texts. The Goryeo rulers made Korea a printing center by establishing a printing office in the early 12th century. The greatest work of Korean printing was the Tripitaka Koreana, the world’s oldest and most comprehensive printed copy of the three main texts of the Buddhist canon. This vast library of 81,250 wooden blocks carved during the Goryeo period is still located in South Gyeongsang province of modern South Korea.

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