Wednesday, June 2, 2010

International Archival Culture Exhibition

I almost missed this poorly advertised exhibition but luckily enough passed by the COEX today and saw the billboards : "International Archival Culture Exhibition" with the UNESCO label, that sounded interesting.

Yet I didn't expect to see a genuine Gutenberg bible from Germany, Nelson Mendela's arrest warrant from South Africa, Chopin manuscripts from Poland, Tripitaka Koreana plaques or pages from Joseonwangjosillok, Seungjeongwon Ilgi, Donguibogam or Uigwe from Korea... and many other items listed in UNESCO Memory of the World. The exhibition also includes presentations of national archives from 19 countries, and a comprehensive Korean hall mixing history with popular culture (music, movies, TV, comic books, political posters...).

A small BtoB sub-expo features international specialists representing the usual archiving industries (scanning, filing, storage...), the National Library of Korea and its "Dibrary", but also Kyobo and its ambitions in the ebook ecosystem, and even a booth devoted to the Millennial Anniversary of one of Korea's most outstanding cultural assets, the Tripitaka Koreana (1011-2011)**. The ultimate Buddhist tripitaka will be celebrated for 45 days*** through a festival organized by its host temple Haeinsa and regional administrations (Gyeongsangnam-do, Hapcheon-gun).

I guess the main virtue of the event / party will be to raise awareness in Korea and abroad. Once more : surrounded by beautiful Gayasan, Haein temple and its Janggyeong Panjeon are definitely worth the visit, but check ahead if the treasure has been reopened to the public**.


Seoul Village 2010

* IACE 2010 (COEX - June 1-6th, 2010)
** see "
Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon"
*** between 09.23 and 11.06, 2011 - website :
tripitaka2011.com

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