Our tour guide Yoanni, or whatever her name was, was very overwhelming and always got upset if anyone stayed behind taking pictures. I personally felt rushed and didnt get as much from from the tour as I would have liked. Also, we visited TWO stores that were a HUGE waste of time! I didnt pay to go on this tour so I could have sellers trying to get more of my money, it was ridiculous. So much time wasted doing this! Ive done tours with viator all over the world and this one has to be the worst one. Waste of money!
This was a jam packed tour which covered alot of the major highlights of Seoul including palaces, shopping areas and temples. The highlight was Changdekong palace - this was less busy than the more famous Gyeongbokung Palace and was more serene. The Visit to Gyeonbokung palace is fun to do however - you will see many people dressed up in traditional costume and there's also the changing of the guard to watch as well. Just before Gyeongbokung palace, there is the national museum of Korea - that's very interesting. The tour seemed to be a bit rushed and we were in a big group, in too small a bus. Although you are not in the bus for alot of the time - its still nice as a tourist to be able to look out of the window and take photos and this was not always possible. The guide was good - she was informative for the most part and willing to answer questions. The tour includes two shopping stops - one at the Ginseng place and one at an amethyst store. The ginseng place Ginwells I think was quite interesting and if you are inclined to buy some then this is the place to do it - during other tours they take you to another shop which is almost twice the price, and there is no real chance to buy at the airport surprisingly. The amethyst store is just a pure sales job, no information, and the items for sale are not even nice - they really should drop this. The two shopping street stops Insadong and one cheaper area were disappointing . I was hoping to see some traditional arts and crafts for purchase but this was limited , there was instead alot of tourist tat . This time could have been spent going to another historical site or spending more time at one of the palaces. Overall the tour was good but in retrospect I would have preferred to take a smaller private tour where we could have taken our own time and had more influence over the itinerary
This is a good choice if you only have one day and want to see the most important things in Seoul. We were lucky to have a very nice guide, very knowledgeable and open to all our questions and requests. Although Seoul was destroyed by WWII and KW, they tried to rebuild the old important palaces. One can see it is some kind of scenery, but is... nice. The Market part of the tour is so and so. Nothing special.