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Antony Stubbs United Kingdom
This was a brilliant day! My guide Sarah was extremely nice, knowledgeable and considerate, and made extra effort to ensure I got the best out of my day (even providing energy drinks for the very packed schedule!). I arranged this at quite short notice so it was great that she was able to assist.
Great experience. Jay with Kangsan Travels was our tour guide and driver. He was very knowledgeable and courteous. He made sure we were directed to the best photo opportunity points and gave us the inside story about the places we were visiting to make history come alive. I am 70 and disabled, and Jay went out of his way to do little extra things to make the long arduous day as less strenuous as possible for me, for which I am extremely grateful. We were thrilled when, the next day we had Jay again for a Busan city tour, and again he did a wonderful job.
This private tour of the Gyeongju region the region is culturally rich and often referred to as a museum without walls was filled with interesting and unforgettable experiences such as the spiritual visit to the Seokguram Grotto Tip: an early morning visit to this serene shrine fills one with peace and the culturally rich Bulguksa Temple the simple beauty of this Heritage site which has faced so many damages and reconstruction is a proof of the undeniable human spirit and its belief in the divine. The Cheonmachong Tomb of the Silla Dynasty kings at the Daereungwon Tomb Complex is an interesting insight into the belief this dynasty had in the after-life and the related practices they followed.
An equally great experience was interacting with our Tour Guide, Ms Michelle very pleasant personality!, who was knowledegable, patient and made the whole Tour seamless and effortless for us we particularly appreciate her answering all our queries regarding the various sites.
The Tour is well paced giving one time to absorb and appreciate the different sites. A truly amazing experience and one of the Top Highlights of our South Korea visit!! Must Visit!!
It was a great trip.
POOR VALUE FOR MONEY
My wife, daughter and I did this tour in March - the cost for the 3 of us was 415. My criticisms:
- We were not picked up in a 'private minivan' rather we spent the day in a small car.
- Our guide a man called Jade, was charming but, frankly, he did not add much value - he provided no particular insights, other than those that could be found on the various boards.
- To be frank, the descriptions of the Gyeongju historic area are rather overblown. The National Museum is quite good, although the National Museum in Seoul is far, far, better. Most of the rest of the area is, compared to other historic sites in Asia, rather dull - the tombs, for example, are just mounds of earth.
Overall, this was a pleasant, if disappointing, day out but it was definitely not worth 415.
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