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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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Phone Number: +82 43-200-4515
09:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 18:00

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Interesting display of the earliest printing type

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 September 2016
Cheongju, South Korea
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Cheongju, South Korea
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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 

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Hong Kong, China
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2 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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".

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Cebu City, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2013

This is a palce to be, and its free. Not many people know that the first metal printing press was not develop in Europe but in Korea. Printed during the Goryeo Dynasty in 1377 it is the world's oldest extant book printed with movable metal type. There is a room where you can view a video about the Jikji, they... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2012

the museum was insanely boring. unless you're interested in ancient printing presses you're not gonna like it. they have a 'do it yourself' section at the end of the tour which is the only interesting part about it. the outside of the museum if worth a look though. the garden surrounding it is pretty nice.

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