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A Slow Walk through Jeong-dong

Publisher: , 2011
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Publisher description:

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 maintaining 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

Illustrated by Ah-young Jung

LKL says:

A perfect leisurely read to enjoy the sights and stories of this part of Seoul.

LKL rating: score-2score-2score-2score-2score-1. Read our review of this book here.

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