A Trip To Korean Cultural Heritage Sites
The Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation organises twoday trips to various UNESCO cultural heritage sites in Korea throughout the year and these trips are provided to groups of people who do not have much opportunity to experience Korean culture.
A group of foreigners were able to visit the Southern Korean peninsula, a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site, the Jikji museum, Haeinsa Temple and Upo wetland on 2627 November 2011.
Jikji is the abbreviated title of a Korean Buddhist document; literally, it means “Anthology of Great Buddhist Priests’ Zen Teachings.” It was printed during the Goryeo Dynasty in 1377, and it is the world’s oldest extant movable metal print book. So, UNESCO confirmed Jikji as the world’s oldest metalloid type in September 2001 and included it in the Memory of the World Programme. However, whilst Jikji is the only remaining example of the metal printed book it has been discovered that the Chinese developed metal printing technology earlier than Korea but unfortunately there are no Chinese examples in existence. China historically concentrated on wood printing technology rather than mental printing technology to produce large numbers of books for their big population, the trip guide said.
The next site the group visited was Haeinsa temple. Haeinsa is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism in the Gaya Mountains, South Gyeongsang Province South Korea. Haeinsa is most notable for being the home of the Tripitaka Koreana, the whole of the Buddhist Scriptures carved onto 81,350 wooden printing blocks, which it has housed since 1398. UNESCO recognized not only the wooden printing blocks, but also the storing house with its incredible ventilation system. The translation of the Tripitaka into Chinese language took 900 years, said the trip guide. Haeinsa is one of the Three Jewel Temples of Korea, and represents Dharma or the Buddha’s teachings.
The last site the group went to was Upo wetland. Upo Wetland (includes Upo, Mokpo, Sajipo and Jokjibul) is the biggest natural continent wetland in South Korea. It is
located on 128°25' east and 35°33' north. In July of 1997 it was designated as an Ecological Conservation Area by the Ministry of Environment. The Upo Wetland is also known as a transit-point for migrant birds going from Siberia to Australia and New Zealand. There are approximately 160 species of birds. Male Mallard birds are one of the interesting birds; when they are mating their heads are the color blue.
Warning: please don’t try to catch and eat the birds, otherwise you have to pay a fine of $20,000 and face 2 years in prison, according to Korean government law. The Korean government promotes their Cultural Heritage sites across the nation and cooperates with the international community.
At the site of King Tomb