Slow Walk through Jeong-dong


When most people travel, they try to cover too much and rush around cities and countries, ticking off boxes: Seen that, done that.  Instead, you can have a rewarding time in a single place, not rushing around.  Slow Walk through Jeong-dong shows you how to take things slow and focus your mind on the details.  In this essay, the author narrates a day spent exploring the Jeong-dong neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. He begins at dawn as a day breaks and continues through the day. He offers a rich story about Korean history and meaning while avoiding heavy historical facts. It is written from the point of view of a foreigner who lived on the street and gives his perspective of life in Korea. He shares his ideas and philosophy about travel while maintaing a poetic and humorous tone. Also, the illustrations of the key sites and scenes have a contemporary and unique appeal.

“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



Part 1 Dawn: Preamble, Literally | The Ancient Pagoda Tree | Slow Travel | Dining with a Diplomat

Part 2 Morning Stroll: Crushing the Media | Spiritual Hideaways | Murder and Flight | Exiled Russians | Coffee for a King | A Mission to Teach | A Martyred Student | Imperial Designs

Part 3 Afternoon Delights: Stinky Nuts and Street Sales | Treacherous Treaty | Zoning Out | For Art’s Sake | Revolution in the Pews

Part 4 Nightfall: Dramarama | Romantic Masonry and a Disjointed Palace | The House behind the Wall | Little Britain | The Lost Tomb of a Beloved Queen | Night Waves



Michael Gibb

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

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.

144 pp.
LC# 2010941061
Hardcover 15.5 x 21.5 cm
ISBN-13: 9781565913080
ISBN-10: 1565913086