The First Mention of Printing in China

593 CE
<p>Sui Emperor Wen-ti, who ordered the printing of Buddhist images and scriptures.</p>

Sui Emperor Wen-ti, who ordered the printing of Buddhist images and scriptures.

 

The first mention of printing in China is an imperial decree of 593 in which Sui emperor Wen-ti ordered the printing of Buddhist images and scriptures.  However, the decree provides no details.

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