Early Printing in Korea - Foreword

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Foreword Acknowledgments

Korea achieved extraordinary economic development today by overcoming historical crises and hardships with wisdom and intelligence. The foundation for such development is the result of Korea’s harmonious integration of various characteristics like traditional culture, social structure, emphasis on education and politics. Accordingly, widening the understanding on South Korea by re-examining the engine of Korea’s miraculous development including its rich cultural heritage and economic achievements and sharing the findings with the world is a timely requested task.

Since its establishment in 1978, the Academy of Korean Studies strived to develop and creatively preserve Korean culture. In doing so, the Academy of Korean Studies not only published many academic books specialized in Korean studies but also provided overseas scholastic support and trained and produced Korean studies experts. Today, the Academy of Korean Studies faces a new opportunity to step forward in elevating the importance of Korean studies in the world on the occasion of the rise of the Korean wave and professionalism in the field.

In this regard, I am delighted to see the publication of Early Printings in Korea, the second book in the Understanding Korea Series. I hope that this book will contribute to the deepening of the understanding on Korea and stimulate interest in creativity and authenticity of Korean culture. Finally, I would like to thank the Director of the Center for International Affairs and others who made this publication possible.

December 2013

Lee Bae Yong, Ph.D.

President of the Academy of Korean Studies

Understanding Korea Series No.2 Early Printings in Korea

Foreword · Acknowledgments

1. Korea’s Memory of the World and Early Printing (古印刷)

2. The Origins of World Printing Culture and Korea · 2.1 The Emergence of Printing Culture and Korea · 2.2 The Development of Printing Materials

3. Woodblock Printing and Movable Type Printing · 3.1 Woodblock Printing · 3.2 Movable Type Printing · 3.3 Other Early Printing

4. The Invention and Development of Metal Movable Type Printing · 4.1 Metal Movable Type Casting · 4.2 Metal Movable Type Typesetting

5. The Publishing Entities of Korean Traditional Prints · 5.1 The Government Publications (官) · 5.2 The Private Publications

Reference · Glossary · Sources · About the Author