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Cheongju Early Printing Museum

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Address: 713 Jikji-Daero, Heungdeok-gu, Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea
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09:00 - 18:00
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free museum, worth a quick stop

Cheongju Early Printing Museum which houses the metal movable types for the Buddhist scripture Jikji, printed in 1377. The rest of the museum has displays with detailed... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2017
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

Cheongju Early Printing Museum which houses the metal movable types for the Buddhist scripture Jikji, printed in 1377. The rest of the museum has displays with detailed explanations of the publishing process of Jikji along with some old Korean printing woodblocks and movable types from the Goryeo and Joseon era. A small display had a section of world history of... More 

Thank thelonious22
Cheongju, South Korea
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Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

If you come to Cheongju as a tourist it's one of the places you're going to want to visit. It is average at best but has there's no a lot to do in the city it's worth the stop. Although I wouldn't make the trip from another city here to see it.

Thank Squeakybuddha
Cheongju, South Korea
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

You can see diaramas of the making and use of the earliest moveable metal type that predates western printing by around 200 years. Koreans invented this metal typeset in the 13th century. The jikji is the earliest printed publication. Interesting and worth a visit if you are a book lover

Thank Ulli61
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Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

We visited the Early Printing Museum and we're delighted at the quality of the exhibitions once we got past the animatronic display. The actual exhibitions are a comprehensive look at printing history and techniques which were based upon the UNESCO Memory of the World book Jikji, which was printed with metal type about 80 years before Gutenberg. There was a... More 

1 Thank Gurubob1
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

I thought I could get to know more about the ancient printing technique....but only found the whole place is full of replicas and some crappy mannequins...so disappointed

Thank D8490IValicec
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

The early printing museum is a great rainy afternoon activity. There is English labels on most exhibits and they have the oldest movable style printing press of a book that is still in print. It's interesting and free.

Thank Lance D
Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 March 2015

Reasonably interesting, but probably not one that will thrill kids. It's well maintained, but the film at the beginning, as the other reviewers have mentioned, is probably the most interesting bit, and for all the wrong reasons. It was entirely empty when I went.

Thank Mahalath
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Reviewed 4 March 2015

This is said to be one of the main attractions in Cheongju. The home of a printing press before Europeans. Park like grounds. Not a lot to see but if you are in town any way. Many languages accomodated.

Thank sternfire
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

The Good: - Free admission - Exhibits are quite comprehensive and well organised. (Detailed explanations on the printing techniques developed from each dynasty were given) - Beautiful museum compound The Bad: - Nationalistic. As some of the reviewers have mentioned, the exhibits are curated in a way to portray the superiority of the Korean paper making technology and downplay the... More 

Thank Nicholas L
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

While the printing of the Jikji and invention of metal type are extremely important, they are not a reason to proclaim the genetic superiority of Koreans. The museum is informative on most points and is housed in a beautiful building with lovely grounds. Overall, the museum is a good experience but at times "over the top".

1 Thank Paul4ejjr

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