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A wonderful day spent in thei company of the delightful guide Saywa (I should have asked how to spell her name), a day of Temples and Palaces and many wonders to behold. My main impression is one of colour. There are stark contrasts between the very new and the traditional in terms of architecture and art and all the while there is the background hum of traffic. Dragon flies and plants, trees on the tops of buildings speak of the continuum of nature in the midst of man made activity. Go on this tour and have a good taste of Korean culture and culinary skill - lunch, bibinbap, was lovely.
Great culture introduction of Seoul! Food was delicious.
The tour guide (Dora) was awesome !! She managed the timing nicely and took care of us magnificently. She also explained about the history about all the places that we went to nicely.
you really get to see a lot on this full day tour. The weather was clear and cool. Our guide was informative and good at answering our questions.
Overall enjoyed it!
Our pick up at the hotel was on time. Courteous guides, well organized and highly profesional. I recomend this tour and of course, Viator.
Nice and informative tour. As the tour is mainly outdoors, keep in mind: November-December is very cold and rainy. Lunch included and was delicious. Usual tour stuff includes visit to a "Ginseng Museum" and an amethyst stone jewelry where you are "expected" to spend money. A must do tour while you're in Seoul for the history and culture.
There are 2 parts of this tour. First was amazing, we had amazing tour guide "Sunny" she was very detailed with a great knowledge about Korean culture and history. Parts I didn't enjoy - being taken to Gem factory and Ginseng factory, where were approached by sales people.
I would have given it full marks if there weren't for some confusion going on in the morning causing so much delay; we had only 10 minutes at the National Folk Museum. But after the guide, Dora settled down; I had an awesome time. Dora was like a friend, she's friendly and very knowledgable.
Loved the stories about palace life. Changdeokgong Palace was more beautiful but had to see both to make the comparison. I didn't know anything about the rulers of Korea, so hearing that the last emporer and his wife were living here not so long ago in history was very poignant. Add this to seeing the DMZ, gave some perspective on how Korea sits squashed between Japan , China ( and the west). Loved visiting Seoul!
This was a really solid trip to see the cultural/religious sights in Seoul. The locations were perfect, the bus and tour guide were great, and the lunch was excellent. I only wish there was a bit more time at each spot to take pictures and enjoy each.
Loved the tour. Since we went on a Tuesday so we visited Deoksugung Palace instead of Gyeongbokgung Palace, and we got to see the royal guard changing ceremony which was fun.
We visited a temple but I don’t believe it was Jogyesa Buddhist Temple as listed on the agenda.
Namdaemun Market was a lot of fun, you can pretty much find anything and everything there. Very interesting.
The tour guide was very nice. Would totally recommend it.
I enjoyed this tour even if it was rainy, windy and cold.
I did expect a full tour through the building though. Our guide
said we could go in if we liked. I did look inside so was a little
disappointed. We were rushed through the tour with little time
to absorb the experience. Perhaps it was due to the weather.
There was a lot crammed into one day. It seems like we "flew" through some places, just to say we had been there. I would have appreciated a highlighted map of where we were going, and then we could note the places we had missed for further reference.
Interesting but rushed. Bus arrangements were festival seating with people constantly changing seats at every stop and sitting in isle seats. Makes it hard to leave your things on the bus. A few of the passengers were irate at the lack of discussions from the guide and the rush through sites. I would not recommend unless I knew someone really into Korean history/ temples.