Janggyeong Panjeon & Tripitaka Koreana
Two local stories on "the most comprehensive version of Buddhist scriptures in the world, at Haein Temple in South Gyeongsang," pictured above — Tripitaka Koreana up close and TV series reexamines Tripitaka Koreana.
"A lifelong dream of monks here at the temple is to enter the Janggyeong Panjeon but most of them cannot realize that dream before they die," said Venerable Seongan, the complex’s director of preservation of the two buildings that house the 81,258 woodblocks. [In Buddhism, you can be "venerable" before you die.] "Except for rare cases such as a special visit by scholars for research, no one can enter here."
The monk continued, "They may not be the most beautiful buildings of their time, but they are the most practical and scientific," explaining:
- The windows on the north and south sides of the two main halls have different sizes so that the outside air comes into the hall, circulates inside the hall once and goes out the opposite way. Ventilation is the most important for the preservation of wooden blocks....
You can find no spider web or bird’s nest in the storage hall, which still remains a mystery.