[KS] Another Korean journey online

Brother Anthony ansonjae at sogang.ac.kr
Fri Jul 13 10:05:02 EDT 2012

After Willian Richard Carles, a few weeks ago I put online in my home page   http://hompi.sogang.ac.kr/anthony/Manchuria1887.html    the account of the journey through Manchuria by H.E.M. James, which includes his ascent of what Koreans call Baektu-san. the first recorded ascent by "westerners" I believe.

I have now made available online a text reporting a second expedition in the same direction which followed soon after, led by Charles William Campbell, who was British Vice-Consul in Chemulpo. He set off across northern Korea on August 31, 1889, intending to reach Baektu-san, not realizing how soon winter arrives at those altitudes. his journey was described in a British Parliamentary white paper dated 1891, and in "A Journey through North Korea to the Ch'ang-pai Shan". Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society and Monthly Record of Geography. Vol. XIV., No. 3. March, 1892, pages 141 - 161, which is now online through an introductory page http://hompi.sogang.ac.kr/anthony/CampbellNorthKorea.html which contains some scattered information about Campbell's life as well as the map of his journey.

Campbell's  account includes an evocation of his journey through the Diamond Mountains and I would have thought that this was the first visit by a "westerner" but have since discovered in the pages of the RASKB Transactions the information that "the Diamond Mountains were visited in the winter of 1885-6 by a Russian, Pavel Delotkevich, who published an account of his journey in 1889 and that this is referred to in “Around Korea”, extracts of the 19th century published by the Soviet Academy of Sciences, 1959." ( Transactions of the RASKB  Vol. 41  pages 3 - 56.  "Britons in Korea", by S. J. Whitwell). Would anyone know anything more about Pavel Delotkevich?

Campbell, who was mainly stationed in China, made an expedition through Mongolia in 1902 that was also reported in a white paper. His name was immortalized by having been given to a species of Siberian hamster which he discovered, as well as to a variety of hill partridge (he was an amateur zoologist).

Brother Anthony
RASKB, Sogang University, Dankook University etc

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