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18 of the most beautiful libraries in the world

By: Melissa Breyer on April 30, 2014, 8:31 a.m.
Haeinsa Temple, South Korea

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1. Haeinsa Temple, South Korea

While you won't be able to check out "The Hunger Games" here, the Temple of Haeinsa on Mount Gaya was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its housing of the Tripitaka Koreana, the most complete collection of Buddhist texts in existence. Carved on more than 80,000 woodblocks during the 13th century, the text contains no known errors within its more than 52 million characters in 6,568 volumes. The buildings of the temple were constructed in the 15th century to store the Tripitaka and according to UNESCO, reveal "an astonishing mastery of the invention and implementation of the conservation techniques used to preserve these woodblocks.”