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Inside the Hermit Kingdom: The 1884 Korea Travel Journal of George Clayton Foulk Hardcover – November 29, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0739120965 ISBN-10: 0739120964

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  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books (November 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739120964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739120965
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,890,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Samuel J. Hawley is assistant professor of practical English at Yonsei University.

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It is hard to know which is more remarkable, the journey around southern Korea made by Foulk in 1884 or the labor involved in deciphering his travel diary by Sam Hawley. When Foulk visited these regions he was the first westerner ever seen, he was constantly being spied on with immense curiosity, he could never be alone, even in the toilets and it was an enormous strain. He was the first westerner to see the great temple at Haeinsa, but he was not much impressed it seems. Then as he was returning northward, mostly carried in the small sedan chair that his diplomatic status required, he learned that many of his Korean contacts had been killed in the Gapsin coup and for a time feared for his life.
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