CHEONGJU, June 23 (Korea Bizwire) — California’s legislature has introduced “Jikji Day,” which proclaims that “Jikji,” the world’s oldest existing metal-printed book.
Under the resolution introduced by by Californian Assemblyman Steven Seokho Choi, which was passed on Monday (local time), the U.S. state of California plans to celebrate September 4 as “Jikji Day,” according to the Cheongju Early Printing Museum.
California is the first entity in the U.S. to pass a resolution for the new Jikji Day.
Jikji was printed in 1377 at the Heungdeok Temple in the central city of Cheongju during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). That was 78 years prior to the printing of Gutenberg’s 42-line Bible in Europe.
UNESCO confirmed Jikji as the world’s oldest metal-printed book in 2001 and included it in the UNESCO Memory of the World registry that year.
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