[KS] Travelogue: Book on Seoul and First Movie ever Filmed and Played in Korea by E. Burton Holmes, 1901

Kwang On Yoo lovehankook at gmail.com
Sun Feb 26 09:39:32 EST 2012

I am sorry, I didn't know that the Google free e-books only work in the

April of 1901, Holmes and his party arrived Chemulpo from China. He took
following route according to page 9 of the book:

" But we approached Korea not from the Japanese, but from Chinese, side. We
sail from Taku, Peking's Port: tranship at Chi-Fu, and cross the entrance
to the Gulf of Pe-chi-li on a steamer - - -. The ship threads her way
toward Chemulpo, the chief port of Korea, - - -.

Kwang-On Yoo

On Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 9:09 PM, Frank Hoffmann <hoffmann at koreaweb.ws>wrote:

> **
> Thanks for the 'Korean Movie Database' links, Matt.
> According to the Korean Movie Database, this is the only Burton Holmes
> film housed at the Korean Film Archive, from 1899:
> (...)
> I'm not sure where the 1901 date comes from...
> Just read the first posting in this thread by Kwang On Yoo and you have
> the answer:
> QUOTING Kwang On Yoo:
> ----
> E. Burton Holmes (1870-1958) traveled to Seoul, Korea in April and May of
> 1901. His documentation of life in Seoul resulted in a 112-page limited
> edition book, *Seoul, The Capital of Korea, The Burton Holmes Lectures:
> Volume X*, published later that year. The complete book is attached
> hereto, as a free e-book, courtesy of Google.
> ----
> 1901 is the correct date. 1899 is when Holes was in Hawai'i, the
> Philippines, and again in Japan, but not in Korea. He traveled to Korea in
> 1901, together with his long-term cameraman Oscar B. Depue. In 1947 Depue
> published a summary of his memoirs, the article "My First Fifty Years in
> Motion Pictures" (reprinted in various books on film history), and in here
> Depue confirms this timeline also: Moscow, trans-Siberian railways to
> Vladivostok, then Nagasaki, from there with a steamer to Pusan, then Seoul,
> and on to Peking/Beijing to catch the end of the Boxer Rebellion. A classic
> route at that time.
> The Google eBook link that Kwang On Yoo kindly provided at the end of his
> posting does not work if you are outside the U.S. to see the actual
> publication (unless you use a proxy connection with U.S. IP), but you can
> also read and/or download the entire Burton Holmes _Seoul, the Capital of
> Korea_ 1901 travelogue in an edition from 1917, right here:
> http://www.archive.org/details/seoulcapitalofko00holmuoft (Internet
> Archive)--just click onto "PDF" on the left.
> One has to take those "historical" dates at Korean Websites and
> institutions with a grain of salt ... avere sale in zucca, as they say in
> Italy: you have to have salt in your pumpkin :)  A little backdating and
> constructed historical meetings ... sure, we all need our lollipop, I
> understand. National museums even do that at large scale and nicely
> "document" it on glossy paper with the most colorful descriptions, and no
> discussions in the Korea art magazines about nothing. What does that remind
> us of? I forgot.
> Best,
> Frank
> **
> --
> **
> --------------------------------------
> Frank Hoffmann
> http://koreaweb.ws
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