South Korea said Tuesday it has been selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to establish an institute for its documentary heritage register.
The International Center for Documentary Heritage will be built in Cheongju, 137 kilometers south of Seoul. The proposal was approved at the 39th general meeting of the UNESCO held in Paris on Monday (Paris time), according to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety.
The ICDH is designed to maintain and safeguard the documentary heritage and better support the various activities by UNESCO aimed at preservation and universal access to the cultural assets.
The National Archives of Korea had been working with Korean UNESCO officials to host the establishment and submitted its official proposal in March this year.
The city of Cheongju was selected because of its history of print development, the ministry said. It is the site where the world's first book printed using movable metal type, the Jikji, was produced. (Yonhap)