It's nice to see that this building is being restored, it'll look great when it's done, and when it's opens, I'm sure it would be worth doing a tour.
But I don't know if it was a bad day or what, but this was the worst experience I have ever had with vendors/scammers/beggars. My wife and I were hounded constantly by them. The hat venders and cabbies were everywhere bugging us, but at least they didn't grab at us. The colorfully dressed women grab you by the arm to try to get a picture (and or course expect money), the only way to get away is to wrench away from them, talking to them does nothing. And once you get away from them, give it a minute or two and they'll be back again.
The beggars approach and pester you, and will not leave. Being polite doesn't work, they just ignore you and keep perstering. And don't think ignoring them works. At one point my wife was trying to take a picture when one was grabbing at me while another approached and began pestering us, and it became clear that more just more and more were going to keep coming like zombies, so I physically swatted away the one who was grabbing at me and yelled at him (which I have NEVER had to do before anywhere), and that seemed to work long enough to take a picture and get out of there.
I really hope the government learns to clear these people (at least the disreputable ones) out of there.
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