Morning 3-Hour Intro to Seoul Tour (Palace, Temple & More)
- Transportation included
- Duration: 3.5 hours
Since the DMZ was closed due to the African Swine Flu, we did the alternative itinerary. Despite being the “next best thing”, I found it to be very informative and our guide, Yura, was very knowledgeable. I learned quite a bit about the history of the Korean War and the current sentiment of the Korean people. The highlight was being able to see and observe North Korea from the Ganghwa Peace Observatory. I can only image what the original tour would have been like and be at the actual DMZ but I was still satisfied with this half day experience. My only feedback would be that the bus could have come with a sound system and microphone for the tour guide. Yura did her best and did ask if she needed to speak up but there were times when the bus was moving that the engine made it difficult to hear. Otherwise, I’d recommend this tour for anyone wanting to learn more about the DMZ.
Although the DMZ is officially closed at the moment due to swine flu, we visited a few other sites nearby which really helped convey the history and the current situation, whilst the final stop at the Peace Observatory gave hope for unification in the future. The guide was brilliant and gave lots of information and was very approachable if we had any other questions.
It was an interesting experience and well worth the money. A great tour to do some last minute shopping for souvenirs, the guide I had was super friendly and spoke fluent English. She was able to deliver a informative history tour about the historical site and provided useful recommendations on where to find the best street food in the markets.
I would recommend this tour. The female guide was very dedicated, informative and friendly. Even though I couldn't understand everything all the time I still learned something new. There were 3 stops and you always had like 10-15 minutes for yourself which were more than enough for me. So, if your are in Seoul you should visit the DMZ.
We enjoyed the tour. It was interesting to hear more about the history. Sophie is a very nice excellent guide who made our morning very pleasant.