To be honest, I’ve always wondered why an item listed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World register was only rated a “Treasure” (no 1085) rather than a “National Treasure”. The three sets of the encyclopaedia’s first edition are currently held by the National Library of Korea, the Kyujanggak Institute For Korean Studies and the Academy of Korean Studies.
According to Yonhap, the Cultural Heritage Administration said on 20 April that it will soon designate the Donguibogam as a National Treasure. Let’s hope the enhanced status will encourage people to print copies of the English translation.
- ‘Donguibogam’ to be listed as national treasure, Yonhap, 20 April 2015