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Slow Walk through Jeong-dong Hardcover – February 1, 2011

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"With this book, Michael Gibb reminds us that the richest journeys are not about rampaging across the planet trying to see more and more things more and more quickly. You can find a whole world to explore in a single neighborhood, if you just take the time to look, listen and feel. A Slow Walk through Jeong-dong is a delicious hymn to the art of slow travel. --Carl Honore, bestselling author of In Praise of Slow and Under Pressure

About the Author


British-born Michael Gibb has worked as an editor, reporter, copywriter, university lecturer and broadcaster since moving to East Asia in 1992. His work has appeared in Time, South China Morning Post, Asia Sentinel, The Guardian and several regional travel magazines. He lived in Jeong-dong while he was deputy editor-in-chief at the JoongAng Daily and studied Korean at Yonsei University.


Ah-young Jung studied animation and illustration at Hongik University and the California Institute of the Arts. She is currently working as a lecturer at Kaywon School of Art and Design in Seoul, and she is the director of the animation studio Beyond Proscenium.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hollym International Corporation (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565913086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565913080
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,219,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Gibb has spent the last two decades flitting around East Asia as a writer, editor and university lecturer. He was born in England and after an unsuccessful stab at stand-up comedy relocated to Seoul where he nurtured a love of soju and fiery soups, got married and had a daughter, Bori. His book "A Slow Walk Through Jeong-dong" was written for Bori.

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Since I had lived in Jeong-dong (then called "Chong-dong" )some twenty years ago, I was curious to read this book about my old neighborhood. Obviously, a number of things have changed, but the historical notes on the still existing sites were interesting and, for the most part, spot on. For anyone interested in the early history of Korea's opening to the world and the period just prior to the Japanese colonial era, this book is an excellent resource. It is much more than a guidebook, but, to read it without any familiarity with the neighborhood or without the opportunity to explore Jeong-dong in person, might make it less useful. For anyone living or visiting in Seoul who has an interest in history, however, I recommend it.
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