The ground of the buildings was olso prepared before construction was started.One of the reason for choosing the site was because the soil itself was ideal .In order to further improve it,charcoal,powdered lime and clay were added to control humidity and the vents windows were designed in such a way as to provide perfect airing.
ation of the woodblocks. They were specially designed to provide natural ventilation and to modulate temperature and humidity, adapted to climatic conditions and thus preserving the precious woodblocks for some 500 years undamaged by rodent or insect infestation.
|The entire Korean Tripitaka was carved twice during the Koryo Dynastry (918-1392), both times on wooden blocks. The king and the people believed that the presence of these sacred texts would help to drive back invasions and also bring good luck. The carving of the first set of blocks was completed in 1087. Great care was put into the compiling of the material resulting in a Tripitaka which was far more complete than its Chinese counter part. Unfortunately and ironically, it was burnt in the invasion of the Mongolians in 1232. Then in 1236, the nation again set out to carve the texts on wood blocks under the orders of King Kojong (r. 1213-1259). Special attention was paid to the completeness of the texts and to the quality of the editing. Sixteen years later, the present-day Korean Triptaka was produced in 1251. It is this set that you can see at Haein-sa today. At first kept on Kanghwa-do, an island to the west of Seoul, it was moved to Chich'on-sa in Seoul and then to Haein-sa in 1398, during the reign of the first Choson king. Fear of Japanese sea robbers was the reason for moving it to remote (in those days) Haein-sa.|
The creation of the wood blocks is a facinating process. First of all high quality white birch trees (Betula platypbylla varjaponica) were chosen from the islands. The logs were wholly submegred in sea-water for three years, then cut into planks and boiled in sea water before being dried in the shade. After the planks had been thoroughly dried, they were soothed and the letters were painted on with a brush before being caeved. About 30 people carved the 52,382,960 characters: one character being carved after bowing to the Buddha. Because of the uniformity of the carving, it seems as if the work was done by one man. Not only were the characters beautifully written and carved, but there is not a single mistake in the entire collection.
The buildings were specially designed to protect the wood blocks from humidity and to provide good ventilation,and as,to this day,the blocks are totally free of mold or any insectes (even spiders).