The term Sagyeong originates from two words- “Samadhi” and “Art”, where “Samadhi” refers to a meditative state of consciousness.
This 1700-year old Korean tradition of sutra transcription and illumination by hand, was introduced in the early 4th century to spread the teachings of Buddha.
Sagyeong requires concentration and self-discipline and it’is a help to silence a chaotic mind and to relieve the stresses of modern life.
During the 12th and 13th centuries, the production of Sagyeong reached its pinnacle. The Buddhist scriptures, Tripitaka Koreana (or Palman Daejanggyeong), were carved onto 81,258 wooden printing blocks from 1236 to 1251. Later, during the rule of Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897)- this tradition was almost destroyed with anti-Buddhist policy.
At present, Haeinsa, a South Korean Buddhist temple preserves the collection of these scriptures and it is regarded as a world heritage today.
via [life beyond numbers]