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