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Korean Camping Tips

October 1, 2015

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A few months ago, when Rose was hit by a drunk driver, we picked up her father from the airport. When we were driving him back to our place, we drove around World Cup Park, which is close to our apartment. I think it was a holiday at that time – Children’s Day perhaps? – and as we were driving around the park we had difficulty maneuvering because of the cars that spilled out of the parking lot and parked all over the sides of the streets. Tons of families were out that day in the park, and tents were covering every spot of visible grass. Not only were they all over the fields, but also on the tiny patches of islands on the streets, between traffic, where trees grew. Those tiny spots were covered with tents as well. We saw that day the biggest infestation of tents I’ve ever seen. It was…INTENSE! HA! And as we were explaining this to Rose’s father, about how common it is to do this kind of “camping,” we realized that we never actually shot any video explaining it to you before.

So we thought we’d do so with this video. Nothing too big. We had just gotten back from Finland and had a few days before our trip here in Japan now. Rose’s birthday had also passed, and we hadn’t seen our friends in a while, so we all went out camping in the city, brought some games and food, brought the Spudgy, and just had a good day relaxing. It wasn’t perfect relaxing. That rock concert was quite loud. And though it was the end of September it was still freakishly hot. But it was fun. I hope you felt a bit of how we felt that day through this video :D

If you’re planning on living in Korea and want to experience camping like this yourself as well, you don’t have to get super expensive stuff at the camping and outdoorsy shops. We got all of our stuff at Home Plus. But we didn’t get it at the beginning of the summer. Oh no no no. We got it at the end when everything was on sale. BAM. Tent 70% off! Chair 80% off! Everything must go! So if you’re in Korea now and will be in Korea for the next summer, GO NOW! Buy all the camping stuff! And buy that cool little wagon we have. We bring it with us when we take Spudgy on long walks and he’s too tired to walk back because he’s so old and crusty. We put him in the wagon and drag his fat ass home. So, the wagon is multipurpose. Booya!

Anyhow, we played some more games in the tent, including Mad Libs because we’re nerds, so if you want to see some of that you can check out the bloopers below!

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  1. We have to know! What is that intro-outro music?

    1 year ago
  2. This looks amazing!I have never been camping :c

    4 years ago
  3. DD

    I love camping and walking around the park during summer. I supposed to be there instead of spending all time with air conditioner in far a way from seoul. …. I really feel serious jealous to all of you, especially for the chicken delivery: these are such an impossible thing to do in New York. (crying)

    And… don’t forget about mentioning cleansing after the camping. The Han river park security and sanitizing groups seems loose but they are checking all the maintenance. If the condition was not proper after all, they will mention it at certain point and start checking you often. They are doing their work but it is pretty annoying.

    4 years ago
    • DD

      After camping, me and my friend left one of our bag with plastic bag of trash at the place we used. We ran back to the place to pick up those. Sanitizing person were already there. We could save the bag and removed the plastic bag by ourselves, but he remember us and be cautious.
      I think it is totally fare since it is summer, but I can’t recommend this experience to the others. Sanitizing people at park are working great!! Be cautious!

      4 years ago
  4. Do people camp overnight in the park or do they have to be out by a certain time?

    4 years ago
    • From what I was told, people sometimes stay overnight when their apartments are too hot in the summer and air conditioning is too expensive. I haven’t seen it though. I wasn’t at the park that late at night :)

      4 years ago
  5. This video made me so happy, just seeing Spudgy. I love the Spudgy! I miss seeing him in your videos.

    4 years ago
  6. That big bang glowstick tip changed the way I stumble around my house at night. Thanks Martina.

    4 years ago
  7. I used to go camping all the time in the Appalachian Mtns (Southern USA)! We did something similar: Drive out for the day and come back at night. That’s not the way most people did it but my mom isn’t a big camper. Oh well, you guys made me nostalgic for my childhood. Btw, are there any places for hammocks? Where I am on my uni campus, we have a lot of people who have enos and set them up everywhere.

    4 years ago