Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Hadong Camping



I'm a bit late on this bandwagon, but here is an overview of our first camping trip. The lead up to it went something like this:

1. Bought tent and a few other necessary camping supplies from some friends who were leaving Korea.
2. Found friends online
3. Bought samgyupsal and s'mores supplies
4. Decided on a location along a lovely big river bank
5. Met said friends (for the first time) and camped with them!

This was such a great start to the spring (still winter really) camping season and we had such a wonderful time. This is probably still one of my favourite locations that we have camped at here in Korea and I still really hope to go back and enjoy it further. But, as our time comes to an end here in Korea, I'm not sure we will have the opportunity to. We had to park up on the road (and managed to fit our little cars in a little nook next to a walking and cycling path - maybe not 100% legit) and cart our gear down a concrete retaining wall slope which wasnt the most ideal. We enjoyed feeling like we were away from civilisation all the way down there so it was a small price to pay!



There was a plum blossom festival going on nearby, so we had quite a lot of traffic as we got into Hadong. We were far enough away from the festival though. Make sure you go through the small town (instead of the main road along the river) if you're coming from Busan side, especially if there is a festival going on. Our friends coming from the other side didn't hit any traffic and managed to settle in a hour or so before us! There are a few camping sites along the river too, but they are often full, or not very inspiring (for us anyway) as they generally just have a flat, concrete spot for you to camp on with many other people! But if you dont mind that, the option is there!

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Springtime in Korea is beautiful and I get so excited at all the new signs of life and greenery! We were spoiled with some of the first cherry blossoms on our walk along the river, as well as the cutest little tea plantations right under our noses! We had a rather pleasant walk in the late afternoon sunshine, before starting our fire and getting dinner started. 

Besides the great location along an awesome stretch of river bank, we met some wonderful people who we have had the privilege of calling our friends since! We are sad that most of them have since left, but glad we still have the memories! Thanks Huttons, Hedgers and soon-to-be Herders for our introduction to Camping in Korea (and more-so, "Guerilla Camping")



You can read about the Herders and Huttons experience of this weekend getaway, by clicking on their names!





20 comments:

  1. Such a fun weekend!!! We miss you guys! So glad to see your adventures live on the blog! Can't wait to see what's to come!

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    1. Thanks Meg, we miss you guys on all our adventures!

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  2. Always great fun to meet/make new friends while enjoying and outdoor adventure! Looks like a nice peaceful sight as well :) Not sure I will make it out there, but have some friends who love to camp - I'll be sure to pass this along :) Cheers!

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    1. Thanks girl! We really loved it there. thanks for passing along, we look so hard for information like this when finding a camping spot!

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  3. Many people aren't familiar with Hadong, but my boyfriend and I have been twice so it was great reading up on your camping trip there and knowing where it was exactly! We went river rafting there and clam digging for their festival recently and the outdoor scene is killer. It's great you were also able to enjoy the spring time scenery. :)

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    1. Wow that sounds like such fun! We saw some people rafting there while we were camping but frelt a bit chilly to get in the water!

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  4. I've only ever been camping in the US, but this looks fun and adventurous. Maybe I'll try it here one day.

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    1. You really should! Let me know what you think if you do try it!

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  5. I'm so jealous of your trip. It seems like you all had a fantastic time. I've been in Korea for 8 months now and have yet to camp! I do have a tent and sleeping bag... I'm hoping I can fit one or two camping trips before it gets too cold. I'm loving the fall weather so I'm crossing my fingers it stays this nice for a while!

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    1. Yeah, we are hoping to fit in one more camping weekend at the end of October!

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  6. What a cute blog! I really really miss camping, so it's nice to read about everyone else's camping adventures (which I plan to do as well when the kids are a bit older). I hear camping on Korean mountains are awesome too :)

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    1. We havent yet camped in the mountains, but are hoping to in the next few weekes (before its freezing again!)

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  7. That's so cool, except that the start of spring is still cold. It's always nice to try new things, go to new places and meet new people. It's such a refreshing journey. So how long did you stay in Hadong? I am not a fan of camping, but it looks fun and it looks like you owned the place because nobody's there except you and your new friends.

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    1. It was really freezing in the evening, the wind picked up and we werent really prepared for that! We only stayed one night there!

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  8. I haven't been camping in Korea ever, and I probably won't have time to do so before I leave in March. Sounds like a fun time! I would totally camp on a beach -- you can do that on the more quieter beachs in Busan!

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    1. We are also leaving in March and have really loved camping this year (we didnt at all in our first year). we are hoping to fit in one more trip before its too cold!

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  9. Looks like a lot of fun, but I would go a few months later when it's a bit warmer. LOL. From your pictures I can see that it is a beautiful place. They have a tea plantation there as well?

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    1. Yeah it was too cold haha!We have camped lots more during the warmer months. The tea fields were reallty small, but super cute!

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  10. Never done camping but wish to. We have very camping places here along Han River where you can rent tents and other necessities but for camping enthusiasts that may not even count hahaha. I'm sure you'll want to go back there on warmer season.

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  11. Very nice! Camping is always fun. It's sad the way Korean's typically 'camp', but it could be done.
    When are you leaving Korea?

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