[KS] The first modern Western visitor to Seoul

Robert N robertneff103 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 14 11:37:44 EST 2014

Brother Anthony,

Thank you for posting the link - I always enjoyed these early encounters.
Like you, I do not know who the first Westerner was to enter Seoul and walk
feely about but I do know that there was one Westerner who allegedly
traveled in the vicinity of Seoul in August 1882.  From the writing style I
am guessing he and his companions were Americans but I am not sure.

I think over the next couple of years we will discover more of these early
visits in the journals forgotten in attics or home-town newspapers that are
no longer in circulation.


On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 5:29 PM, Brother Anthony <ansonjae at sogang.ac.kr>

> Reading the account by John Carey Hall of his visit to Seoul in October
> 1882, I realized that I do not know who was the first westerner to enter
> Seoul at the time of the opening and write an account of it. Hall's written
> report to Sir Harry Parkes was only published in May 1883 but I wonder if
> anyone is known to have walked freely around Seoul before him? HIs account
> is certainly fun to read http://hompi.sogang.ac.kr/anthony/1882Hall.pdf
> Brother Anthony
> President, RAS Korea etc
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