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Corea or Cho-sen The Land of the Morning Calm   By: (1865-1924)

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COREA

OR CHO SEN

COREA

OR CHO SEN

THE LAND OF THE MORNING CALM

BY

A. HENRY SAVAGE LANDOR

AUTHOR OF

"ALONE WITH THE HAIRY AINU"

With Numerous Text and Full Page Illustrations from Drawings made by the Author

[Illustration: A. HENRY SAVAGE LANDOR.]

[Illustration: SIGNATURE OF A. HENRY SAVAGE LANDOR.]

LONDON

WILLIAM HEINEMANN

1895

[ All rights reserved ]

BY GRACIOUS PERMISSION

I Humbly Dedicate

THIS WORK

TO

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

PREFACE

In this book I have sought to present the reader with some dry facts about Corea and the Coreans. I have attempted to describe the manners and customs of the people as accurately as possible from the impressions which my visit to their country left upon me, but of course I do not claim that these personal opinions expressed are absolutely infallible. My sojourn extended over several months, and I never during all that time neglected any opportunity of studying the natives, giving my observations as they were made a permanent form by the aid both of pen and of brush. I was afforded specially favourable chances for this kind of work through the kind hospitality shown me by the Vice Minister of Home Affairs and Adviser to the King, Mr. C.R. Greathouse, to whom I feel greatly indebted for my prolonged and delightful stay in the country, as well as for the amiable and valuable assistance which he and General Le Gendre, Foreign Adviser to His Corean Majesty, gave me in my observations and studies among the upper classes of Corea. I am also under great obligations to Mr. Seradin Sabatin, Architect to His Majesty the King, and to Mr. Krien, German Consul at Seoul, for the kindness and hospitality with which they treated me on my first arrival at their city.

The illustrations in this book are reproductions of sketches taken by me while in the country, and though, perhaps, they want much in artistic merit, I venture to hope that they will be found characteristic.

For literary style I hope my readers will not look. I am not a literary man, nor do I desire to profess myself such. I trust, however, that I have succeeded in telling my story in a simple and straightforward manner, for this especially was the object with which I started at the outset.

A. HENRY SAVAGE LANDOR.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

Christmas on board Fusan A body snatcher The Kiung sang Province The cotton production Body snatching extraordinary Imperatrice Gulf Chemulpo.

CHAPTER II

Chemulpo So called European hotels Comforts Japanese concession The Guechas New Year's festivities The Chinese settlement European residents The word "Corea" A glance at Corean history Cho sen.

CHAPTER III

The road to Seoul The Mapu Ponies Oxen Coolies Currency Mode of carrying weights The Han River Nearly locked out.

CHAPTER IV

The Coreans Their faces and heads Bachelors Married men Head band Hats Hat umbrellas Clothes Spectacles.

CHAPTER V

The Woman of Cho sen Her clothes Her ways Her looks Her privileges Her duties Her temper Difference of classes Feminine musicians.

CHAPTER VI

Corean children The family Clans Spongers Hospitality Spinning tops Toys Kite flying Games How babies are sent to sleep.

CHAPTER VII

Corean inns Seoul A tour of observation Beggars Lepers Philosophy An old palace A leopard hunt Weather prophets The main street Sedan chairs The big bell Crossing of the bridges Monuments Animal worship The Gate of the Dead A funeral The Queen dowager's telephone.

CHAPTER VIII

Seoul The City Wall A large image Mount Nanzam The fire signals The women's joss house Foreign buildings Japanese settlement An anecdote Clean or not clean? The Pekin Pass The water carrier The man of the Gates.

CHAPTER IX

The Corean house Doors and windows Blinds Rooms The "Kan" Roasting alive Furniture Treasures The kitchen Dinner set Food Intoxicants Gluttony Capacity for food Sleep Modes of illumination Autographs Streets Drainage Smell... Continue reading book >>




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