You know you’ve been somewhere too long…


…when you visit the same tourist sites over and over again.  Today we visited Gyungbok Palace in Seoul, this time with my parents.  We visited on Chuseok Day, the day of the harvest moon when the moon is at its fullest.  It’s the third time we’ve been to Gyungbok Palace since we arrived in Korea 1.5 years ago.  Earlier this week, we visited the Korean Folk Village for the third time.  On Wednesday, my wife and parents went on the Korean DMZ tour; I stayed home with my son because I will wait for the next opportunity to visit it again when my cousin arrives in early November for a two week visit.  When he comes to Korea, he will undoubtedly want to see many of the sites we’ve previously visited.  Visiting twice is fine–the third time gets a little old when you add in the cost and time commitment involved with seeing something you’ve already visited once as a tourist. 
 
That’s why locals rarely go see the famous sites close to home.  Locals usually visit once on their own and then save repeat trips for visits with out-of-town guests.  Thank goodness we’re leaving Korea soon, before we visit local tourist attractions for the four or five times!