These guards at Karnak Temple in Luxor aren’t really the typical guards we usually see anywhere. They’re not armed and they certainly don’t have that kind of bulging chests and broad shoulders nor an intimidating look when we stare at them.
Karnak Temple is a massive archaeological area that shows the richness of ancient Egyptian culture and history. These guards are supposed to be spread out all over the place but they seem to congregate in the hypostyle hall because that’s where most tourists stay in a long time for taking pictures. And with an economic reason, too!
When these guards motion you to follow him because he wants to show you something interesting to photograph, just smile. Don’t follow him. He’s only going to point up and down the columns to show you how beautiful it is but not really telling you what is it because he can’t speak English. And if you fall for this annoying habit, believe me, they’re going to ask you money up front when you’re done taking the photo. And not just here – but in many tourist attractions in Egypt.