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[BKARTS] UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize Created

UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize Created
30-04-2004 (UNESCO)

UNESCO's Executive Board this week approved the establishment of a Memory of the World Prize to further promote the objectives of the Memory of the World Programme and to commemorate the inscription of the Jikji, the oldest known book of movable metal print in the world.

The Prize consisting of an award of US$ 30,000 will be given every two years to individuals or institutions that have made significant contributions to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage. The award itself and the operating costs of the Prize as well as all costs related to the award ceremony will be funded by the Republic of Korea.

The Memory of the World has at present national committees in 59 Member States and regional committees in Asia/Pacific and in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Memory of the World Register lists documentary heritage that has been identified by the International Advisory Committee as corresponding to the selection criteria for world significance and endorsed by the Director-General.

Today 91 collections from 45 Member States including the book "Buljo jikji simche yojeol", also called Jikji, are inscribed on the Register

The Jikji contains the essentials of Zen Buddhism compiled by priest Baegun in late Goryeo period. The book was printed in two volumes. The first volume has not been found yet and the second volume is being kept in the Bibliothèque nationale of France.

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