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The Tripitaka Koreana is a collection of Buddhist scriptures printed by the Korean kingdom of Goryeo in 1011-1087. Printed using some 80,000 woodblocks, it is considered the most complete collection of Mayahana Buddhist scriptures ever compiled.[1]

A copy of this collection was given by the Joseon royal court to the Kingdom of Ryûkyû in the 1450s or 1460s.[2]

Copies are also held in Japan, including at Shôkoku-ji in Kyoto.[3]


  1. Gallery labels, Royal Ontario Museum.[1].; gallery labels, British Museum.[2]
  2. Gregory Smits, Maritime Ryukyu, University of Hawaii Press (2019), 130-131.
  3. Plaques on-site at Shôkoku-ji.