The excavation of hundreds of historic artifacts from the Joseon Dynasty in Insadong, downtown Seoul, caught many by surprise, experts and the public alike.
And among the relics Hangeul , or Korean letter metal type blocks, assumed to have been produced during the early stages of King Sejong's creation of the Korean language is garnering extra attention.
For more clues on this rare excavation Lee Seung-cheol , Director of R&D Division at UNESCO International Centre for Documentary Heritage joins us live from Cheongju.
Director Lee, thanks for joining us.
More than 16-hundred historic artifacts from the Joseon Dynasty have been excavated in central Seoul which include movable metal type blocks. Could you first tell us what kind of relics were found?
What's the historic value of these movable Hangeul metal type blocks? What significance does the excavation hold?
One of the most frequently asked questions about the excavation is why they were buried there, at the heart of Insadong, and by whom. What do we know so far?
Some experts say the metal type may be the world's oldest printing block to date. How do you see the chances of King Sejong's metal type earning global recognition as the world’s oldest by the UNESCO, and what would it mean to Korea and to the world?
Director Lee Seung-cheol at UNESCO International Centre for Documentary Heritage for us tonight. Thank you.