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Seoul’s Historic Walks in Sketches

 Seoul’s Historic Walks in Sketches


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  • Stories Buried under the
    High-Tech City of Seoul
    Come to Life in Exquisite Sketches

    Like a photographer who waits to catch perfect light, Janghee Lee takes long looks at
    interesting places in Seoul and captures the details with honesty and passion.
    ㅡRobert J. Fouser, writer of Hanok: The Korean House

    Janghee Lee renders this perpetually changing, seemingly incomprehensible metropolis
    legible through realistically detailed, imaginative sketches.
    ㅡColin Marshall, essayist for Guardian Cities, Los Angeles Review of Books

    Seoul is a rapidly changing city, the epitome of the latest trends and technology. But looking closely in between the skyscrapers, there lie hints that reveal an alternate story, a story of a 600-year-old capital city. Seoul’s Historic Walks in Sketches discovers and brings to life these stories. From the Joseon era’s palaces and fortresses to modern skyscrapers of glass and steel built on historic sites, the author’s pencil sketches bring forth a new dimension of Seoul. Accompanying the illustrations are his insightful, witty commentaries on local history that go a long way in presenting readers with a captivating view of the unknown city, a city almost exotic in its mystery.
    About the Author

    Janghee Lee majored in urban planning and studied illustration. He contributes illustrations and columns for several local newspapers and magazines. His books in Korean include Tour of New York: Sketching the Landscape, America: Meeting a Thousand Freedoms, and Tree Tales.

    After living in Seoul for decades, Lee decided to tour the city with a sketchpad in hopes to “understand the city better.” He has wandered the city’s maze of streets and alleyways, capturing in his sketchpad the stories and scenes discovered within. By collecting decades of sketches and commentary, his book represents, in a way, a life’s work. He says, “It seems I’ve been writing this since the time I was born.”

    Lee organizes sketch tours with drawing aficionados, and he continues to use his drawings to preserve landscapes that are on the verge of disappearing.


    Table of contents

    Chapter 01 Gyeongbokgung Palace

    Chapter 02 Myeong-dong

    Chapter 03 Susong-dong

    Chapter 04 Hyoja-dong

    Chapter 05 Gwanghwamun Plaza

    Chapter 06 Jongno

    Chapter 07 Cheonggyecheon Stream

    Chapter 08 Jeong-dong

    Chapter 09 Hyehwa-dong

    Chapter 10 Gyeonggyojang House

    Chapter 11 Dilkusha

    Chapter 12 Insa-dong

    Chapter 13 Sungnyemun Gate

    Chapter 14 Hwangudan Altar & Seoul City Hall

    Chapter 15 Seoul City Wall
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