Few people foresaw the astronomic rise of camping across South Korea in recent years and Jeju has been no exception. It has even caught the attention of the international press.
The Wall Street Journal notes that camping has become the romantic getaway of choice and highlights the spread of ““glamping,” a hybrid of “glamorous” and “camping” seen in “high-end camping packages offered by hotels.”
It isn’t all about glamour, however. Richard L. Guilfoile of outdoor brand Coleman says Korean campers brave all elements when pitching their tents. He told, Koreana, the arts and culture quarterly:
“Korea is probably the only country where people enjoy camping even when it rains or snows.”
While there may be a few Canadians who challenge that, it is clear that camping has exploded across the peninsula. To keep pace, The Jeju Weekly here provides a guide to some of the best camping spots across the island.
Many beaches also have campsites. (See here for a complete guide to Jeju’s beaches)
Iho Tewoo Beach, Gwakji Gwamul Beach, Hyeopjae Beach, Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, Jungmun Saekdal Beach, Hamdeok Seowoobong Beach, Gimnyeong Seongsegi Beach, Pyoseon Haevichi Beach
Facility: All facilities available, plus“tent houses” and warm baths
Fee: 25,000 won from May to August
Note: Once a branch of Samyang school, this shut-down school has been reconstructd into a campsite, run by the Jeju Ecological City Research Center. Tents can be pitched anywhere in the school grounds. Nearby, Geomeun Orem and Hamdeok Beach are both recommended.
Transport: Jeju Intercity Terminal⇨500, 502 bus⇨Jeju National University⇨1, 77 bus (weekends and holidays)⇨Gwaneumsa, Seogwipo Intercity Terminal⇨5.16 bus⇨Sancheondan⇨1 bus⇨Gwaneumsa (1 hr 30min)
Facility: bathroom, water, shower, and mini shop available
Fee: (depends on tent size) small 3,000, medium 4,500, big 6,000 won
Note: Lawn, wood, and ground campsites are available. Each site has lots of trees and plenty of shade. Due to being high on the mountain, it is very cool in summer. It is possible to pitch 30 to 40 tents here and there is good hiking nearby.
Seogwipo Intercity Terminal⇨Jungmungosok⇨World Cup Stadium⇨1100 bus⇨Natural Recreation Forest (40min)
Facilities: Toilets and a small shop are available, as is autocamping. In the visitors’ center, coffee and computers are available.
Fee: 1000 won per adult and 4000 won per tent
Note: Near to Jungmun Tourist Complex, various flora can be enjoyed nearby. The flora changes with the seasons, with azaleas in spring, the cooling forest in summer, changing colors in autumn and the white snow in winter.
Seogwipo (Beobeochon)⇨5.16 bus⇨Soegwi Industrial High School⇨walk 10 minute (50 min)
Facility: All facilities available except electricity. There is also an outdoor gym and small shop near the valley entrance.
Note: In midsummer, it is traditional to eat chicken and have water therapy, and many believe this can heal neuralgia and visit at this time. The water flows from Mt. Halla and is always refreshingly cold and clean.
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