South Korea to Review Japan’s UNESCO Bid for Tripitaka Koreana Woodblock Prints

Seoul - The South Korean government announced it will closely scrutinize Japan's application to register woodblock prints of the Tripitaka Koreana, ancient Korean Buddhist scriptures, in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. This decision follows Japan's initiative to list the prints, which are currently stored in a Tokyo temple.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the government will thoroughly examine the application's content once it becomes accessible to UNESCO member states. The application submission is anticipated in the first half of next year. Diplomatic sources indicate that the likelihood of Japan's successful inscription is uncertain, as a similar attempt was previously rejected by UNESCO's advisory committee.

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