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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.
Floral offerings in the garden made our Jogyesa temple visit very colorful. Guide was cordial starting palace tour at back. Fr. National folk museum,making our way to front of Gyeokbong on time to see the changing of the guard at front gate. But a waste of 1 hour going to Ginseng center.Out of way.
What you can really expect (not listed in the overview description) is a visit to "purchase" items at a ginseng shop and an amethyst shop where you will encounter pushy salespeople. The entire morning was so rushed, all you heard from the tour guide was to, "walk faster" and to "hurry up." You will breeze through Jogyesa Temple, the Folk Museum, and Gyeongbokgung with basically no free time allocated to explore and take photos. I understand that there is a lot on the itinerary but did not appreciate the fact that everything was so rushed in order to allocate time for ginseng and amethyst shopping, which in my opinion was a complete waste of time.
The places we went to are interesting but the guide specially the one who took care of Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folklore Museum and Jogyesa Buddist Temple did not give justice to these places. She did not explain the background and stories of these places very well. She left us on our own practically the whole time. We don't mind the alone time but there should be some explanations at least at the start. Michelle the guide who took care of the second part of the tour was better. She explained the history behind Changdeokgung Palace in a very interesting manner. She explained the difference between Insadong and Namdaemun markets also which was very helpful.
We also had to wait for almost an hour before the tour started. We were left in the car and no one explained why there was a delay. Of course there were apologies made when the guide finally showed up but the waiting was just bad coz we could have slept some more as we arrived midnight.
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