If you have tons of time and loads of patience, nothing beats a do-it-yourself tour. Not only will it save you a couple of bucks but the psychic reward of “making it” without professional help is priceless.
I guess this has something to do with expectations. With package tours, you expect more value for your money. With a DIY tour, you tend to “go with the flow” and not expect much which is why pleasant surprises such as what we experienced below have greater hedonic impact.
Call it pure luck or just plain coincidence, but one day after we saw this tableau of a traditional Korean wedding at the National Folk Museum of Korea, we were able to witness a “live” version at the Korea House.
It was an interracial union between a Caucasian male and a Korean female. Live traditional wedding music was playing and the groom and the bride were wearing formal court costumes for the ceremony. And each one had two attendants who I suspect also doubled as security personnel just in case one of them gets the cold feet, lol.
We watched the proceedings from behind glass windows but we can tell it was a beautiful and solemn wedding.
And since this was a DIY tour (read: no tour guide narratives), I had to consult Wiki on the intricacies of saying “I do” in Korea after our trip: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriage_in_South_Korea
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