Guerrilla Camping in Korea

Guerilla Camping in Korea
Korea has to be one of the best places to enjoy camping. Not only do you not have to worry about your safety or getting robbed, because Korea is really safe. You also don’t really have to pay to enjoy camping, because you can pretty much put your tent up anywhere and no one will question or stop you. And last but not least, Korea is full of mountains, national parks, islands, and beauty, so there are endless places to enjoy a nature packed weekend from your little tent and just another reason why we love living in Korea.

So, what is Guerrilla camping you may wonder?

 A small independent group taking part in camping performed in an impromptu way, often without authorization and zero fucks given.

Now we can’t take credit for this lovely term, we actually learned it through our friends over this past weekend where we went guerrilla camping in the Seomjin River bed in the rural town of Hadong.

After hitching a ride with our friends, the Hedger’s from Hedgers Abroad, who own a car in Korea, we drove about 20 minutes outside of the small, southern town of Hadong where we found a nice, remote spot perfect for our camping crew for the weekend. Nestled down in the riverbed we had a nice beach to pop up our tents on and a beautiful backdrop of the Jirisan Mountains.

Guerilla camping in Korea with Friends

Once we set up our tents, more of our camping crew showed up and the fun had just started to begin. Our afternoon and evening was full of socializing, eating, drinking, and exploring the nearby tea and bamboo fields. We couldn’t have asked for better company or a better view.

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Now, we are really lucky because everyone we went camping with owns cars and has proper camping equipment to enjoy delicious BBQ and food that we just couldn’t bring down from Seoul through the KTX train.

To make camping more comfortable in Korea, it does help to own a car. But if you don’t have a car, don’t let that stop you from trying to camp, it may be more difficult but not impossible to enjoy. We do not own all of the BBQ gear and proper camping equipment, but we do have a small one person tent that we squeeze our tall bodies into to enjoy a night in nature every once in awhile. If you want to see some of the awesome places we have enjoyed guerrilla camping with minimal gear then check out our experiences at Naksan Beach, Hajodae Beach, and Scott’s trip to Seoraksan National Park where you are supposed to stay in a shelter, but if you can’t get a reservation you can try to guerrilla camp the way he did.

If you want to learn more about different places you can go camping in Korea, check out all the amazing camping trips City Girl Searching has taken!

Tips for Guerrilla Camping in Korea

  • Find a remote place away from busy roads that may be too noisy
  • Bring stuff for s’mores. 
  • Don’t try to guerrilla camp next to a paid camping place.
  • Less popular beaches in Korea make perfect places for summer camping. 
  • Don’t try to camp around too many people, try to find a place that is secluded and not on someone’s private property.
  • Bring appropriate clothes/layers because nights can get really cold!
  • Make sure you bring enough water/food/snacks/booze with you.
  • Take bug spray and sunscreen to protect yourself from nasty little bugs and those UV rays!

The most important thing to remember is that you still can enjoy camping with minimal gear here! We were lucky over the weekend to be camping with pros that had all the awesome gear that helped make our trip better, but don’t be afraid to get a small tent and pop it up on a beach or along a remote river during your visit in Korea! Bring the basics and it will be unforgettable!

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If you’re not familiar with our blog, there’s a trend, we think Korea is freaking beautiful and if you live or visit here you have so many option to enjoy some of Korea’s natural beauty. If you need a great place to start check out 27 Things to do in Korea.

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Megan Indoe

I try to pet and meow at every cat I meet along our travels, I am an e book and podcast junkie on the road (motion sickness struggles are real), and I could eat pizza & tacos and drink wine every day of my life without getting bored.