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The Hidden History of Korea’s Printing Innovation

Seventy years before Johannes Gutenberg introduced modern moveable type to Europe in 1440, Korea had already printed the first book using moveable metal type.

Today, Han-Soo Park is the only person in South Korea continuing to preserve this tradition at his Letterpress Workshop in Paju Book City.

As printing techniques have advanced, Park has kept an age-old tradition alive by creating poetry books and conducting workshops for Koreans to experience their often-overlooked contribution to the world.

Europeans are constantly credited with inventions already done by other civilizations. It’s so frustrating that the history books haven’t been re-written to at least give some credit to innovators who came before.


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