Getting from Point A to Point B, we were told, was going to be a breeze thanks to the Seoul City Tour Bus. It offered a very flexible and no-fuss way of getting around Seoul during the first two days of our stay. And for 10,000 South Korean Won (~PhP400) per day, we figured the cost was quite reasonable too.
And so, armed with our trusty cameras and those light-weight, see-through umbrellas, we marched onto the rain and proceeded to the nearest bus stop which, our map indicated, should just be around the corner.
But then it decided to play hide-and-seek with us.
And then we got LOST.
And we could not find a single soul who can speak English.
And then Ms. J managed to bust her left shoe which was funny because it seemed like it was taunting us (it was yawning like a hippo!!!).
It seemed our luck ran out so early in the day.
Thankfully, we were able to find another bus stop after walking around like headless chickens for about an hour. We found out the next day that we were walking on the other side of the road which made us feel all the more like dimwitted fools, lol.
We bought our tickets upon boarding the bus from a pretty tour assistant who speaks fluent English and Japanese. Ms. J, who by this time had already recovered from an earlier wardrobe malfunction, engaged her in small talk. We found out that her grandparents have retired in the Philippines and that she had paid them a visit just recently.
The bus was very clean and there were only two passengers when we boarded. The bus driver made no effort to see that we were comfortably seated first before driving off and so I almost figured in an accident of some sort. Muntik na talaga!
It took me about three minutes to recover my bearings. And then I noticed that each seat in the bus comes with an individual headset (thankfully, all were in mint condition) which provides information about every stop of the tour bus. Directions to traditional palaces and shopping areas are provided in Korean, Japanese, English, Chinese and French.
The city tour buses arrive at each stop at approximately 20-30 minute intervals.
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