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.
The 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 for a long time for taking pictures. And with an economic reason, too!
These enormous columns are super photogenic!
When these guards motion you to follow them 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 for money upfront when you’re done taking the photo. And not just here – but in many tourist attractions in Egypt.
How to Save Money and Time in Luxor
Luxor is an ancient city you have to explore and walk through while learning its history. Taking public transport in Luxor to tourist attractions will take you ages, so forget about it. I recommend that taking a tour saves you so much time.