Camping in Korea is something very unique. When I think of camping, I think about going out into the wilderness and pitching a tent in the forest somewhere overnight. Heating some marshmallows over the fire and making some rustic food over a campfire. You can do that in Korea, but they have another form of camping that is really interesting… urban camping!
If you visit any of the many parks along the Han River during warm weather, chances are you will find tons of tents lined up along the river. In the summer, it’s packed and in the more popular areas you might not be able to find a spot. Instead of going out of Seoul to set up camp, a lot of people opt to just set up their tents along the Han River. It’s the complete opposite of what you would experience on the more traditional camping outing.
Camping in Korea along the Han River has a lot of benefits for people that want to get a little bit of the camping experience without the effort. The parks on the Han River are easy to get to and setting up your tent is easy. You don’t even have to worry about food because there are convenience stores nearby to stock up on favorites like ramen, fried chicken and peanut butter fried squid. If you don’t feel like eating food from the convenience store food, no problem. Tons of restaurants can deliver food right to your tent! You can’t beat that convenience. The best part of all is just packing up at the end of the day and going home quickly.
You miss out on a lot of the things you would do in the wilderness, but people still enjoy just relaxing in their tents and taking in the river view. I’ve even see some people with portable TVs! You can see people doing all kinds of things, from taking a nap to playing games. I even saw some guys who had inflated a mini pool and they were just enjoying the water while drinking and chatting. Everyone seems to enjoy, from families to just groups of friends.
Along with the campers, you’ll find a lot of people sitting on mats to just relax for a small period of time or have a small picnic. Since I don’t have a tent that is what I usually do. It’s so nice to just listen to the river and watch all of the people enjoying themselves. My favorite park to go to is Yeouido Han River Park. It’s famous for the cherry blossoms in the spring, but it’s crowded year round due to it’s beautiful layout and amenities. There is even a little water canal that everyone takes advantage of when it’s boiling outside.
If you get a chance to try camping in Korea for yourself, it’s worth a try just to experience it! Although it’s not the traditional way, it has it’s benefits and is something really fun to do with friends. If camping isn’t your thing, what about biking along the Han River?