Qatar National Library (QNL) has accepted a number of valuable books donated by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Qatar.
The donations were made by His Excellency Chung Keejong, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Qatar, during a recent visit to QNL’s Heritage Collection Building. The visit was part of the Korean Embassy’s efforts to promote cultural relations with Qatar.
The donated books cover a wide range of knowledge fields and include books such as ‘A Concise History of Modern Korea from the Late Nineteenth Century to 2010’ and ‘Masterpieces of Korean Art’, as well as other books by the most important Korean writers and men-of-letters of different historical eras.
Among the donated books is a replica of ‘Jikji,’ which was the first in the world to be printed using movable metal types in July 1377. The donated books also reflect different sources of knowledge and information in a variety of fields such as literature, history, and arts.
Speaking about the donation, His Excellency Mr Chung Keejong, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Qatar, said: “All the books donated are important, especially the replica of ‘Jikji,’ also known as ‘Buljo Jikji simche yojeol,’ a Korean document, printed during the Goryeo Dynasty in 1377, it is the world's oldest existing book that was printed with movable metal type.
The book was accepted as UNESCO World Record Inheritance and was recorded as a ’Memory of the World‘ for its outstanding value on 4 September 2001. The donation of these books will hopefully provide a chance to introduce the Korean culture to Qatari citizens and help enhance their understanding of Korea.”
QNL’s Heritage Collection Building is open to the public for tours every Sunday and Tuesday from 10.00am - 11.30am.
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