South Korea

South Korea

The Enigmatic Peninsula

Book - 2016
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Univ of Toronto Pr
A Bill-Brysonesque romp through this often-overlooked travellers’ gem of East Asia.

For seventeen years, journalist, teacher, and coach Mark Dake has called South Korea home. Now, with his longtime Korean friend Heju, he sets out on a four-month, ten-thousand-kilometre road trip, determined to uncover the real country. From the electric street life of Seoul to the tense northern border, where deadly skirmishes still erupt, the pair’s shoestring, wing-and-a-prayer trek takes them well off the beaten trail and across the complicated nation. Along the way are prisons, dinosaurs, anthropology, history, marine life, art, and abundant nature. There are Buddhist temples, fairgrounds, palaces, national parks, bridges, historical sites, forts, churches, and cemeteries.

Whether standing amidst ancient stone tombs and religious architecture unrivalled in Asia, or at military briefings under the steely eyes of North Korean sentries, Mark and Heju are tireless explorers in search of the culture, geography, and beauty of this enigmatic peninsula.
Mark Dake, a Canadian ESL teacher, set out on a four-month road trip to discover everything that South Korea had to offer. From art galleries and temples to mountaintops and national parks, South Korea: The Enigmatic Peninsula shares the heart and soul of Koreans and their beautiful country.

Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, c2016
ISBN: 9781459731455
Branch Call Number: 915.195 DAK
Characteristics: 332 p. :,maps ;,23 cm.


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Jan 20, 2017

Totally enjoyed this book. Written with great knowledge of the sites visited all over South Korea. But with humour. Geography, history, and cultural insights of the people in this region of our world. Interesting to learn about the country with the little stories of events and the people Mark met along the way.

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