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  1. Papa Smurf
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    Couple of years ago I found myself with a 7-hours layover at ICN. Instead of hanging out at the lounges, I took the train into the city, bought a metro pass and visited the palace where I spent couple of hours wandering around. Didn’t get to do a tour, but it’s a great place to visit nevertheless.

  2. Brian Cohen
    Brian Cohen at |

    Aw — you posted your Gyeongbokgung Palace photographs before I posted mine!

    I was there earlier in the fall; and I stayed at a hanok virtually across the street from the palace.

    I have yet to post a trip report of my stay as well as of the palace. My fault…

  3. Christian
    Christian at |

    When did you go, and do you think the time frame might have affected the crowd levels? I’ll be visiting in September for the first time, and don’t know what to expect.

  4. James K.
    James K. at |

    Seoul is such a neat, underrated tourist city.

  5. Rupert
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    Great photos, love the fall colors! The Secret Garden is well worth it, very pleasant stroll and nice insights into the life at the time. I had a very knowledgeable guide.
    I went to the Hanok village over the weekend and found it crowded as well. It seemed to be a lot of locals and tour groups, so it might be worth going on a weekday and/or early, during lunch or late to avoid the groups!

  6. Is English wisely spoken in Seoul? - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] could overhear, it was present sufficiently in the tourist areas to get by. That includes visits to Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Hanok Village, Noryangjin Fish Market (including getting lunch in one of the restaurants, though that was one of […]

  7. Seoul for 4 days - FlyerTalk Forums
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    […] We did the guided version at Gyeongbokgung and I think there was enough interesting info in the tour to make it worthwhile. But you can definitely walk the grounds without a guide just fine. If you can get the Secret Garden tour on the same day that would be convenient as it is all at the same place. Also wander about the old Hanok Village area while you're in the neighborhood. Also consider a visit to Noryangjin fish market as something to do during the trip. n.b. The link above is to my blog or to one which I am a regular contributor. FT rules require that I disclose that in the post. __________________ Travel Tales | Instagram Twitter | Tools […]

  8. Brian Cohen
    Brian Cohen at |

    Seth, I read this article again and saw the part where you had to sign up in advance for the Secret Garden tour.

    While you do need to sign up in advance, I simply walked up and purchased my ticket no more than 20 minutes in advance; so you might have been able to do it.

    I intend to post a trip report of my tour in the Secret Garden and you can judge for yourself whether it would be worth it to you or not; but I enjoyed it.