With continuous tropical nights in Seoul, many Seoulites are escaping the urban heat by chilling beside the Han River or even camping there. For the busy city dwellers who want a quick getaway from the bustling city, it is quite pricey and bothersome to purchase all the camping equipment for a camping night which won’t happen that often. Hence, this brought about the glamping trend, which is a combination of glamorous and camping, which basically means luxurious camping.
What is Glamping?
Glamping is just like regular camping, but with a high-end touch. It brings the world of luxury into nature in the most seamless way ever. Glamping sites offer camping basics like tents and barbeques, but come in more luxurious options, such as comfortable and clean beds, and nice meals. It is perfect for busy city bees who want to satisfy their penchants for the outdoors but are too busy to do all the work for camping themselves. One drawback would be that it is quite expensive.
Glamping in Korea
In Korea, hotels in Busan and Jeju are offering glamping packages, such as the Indian tent options in Westin Chosun Hotel Busan, and cabana style family-sized tents along with various leisure activities in The Shilla Jeju. Lotte Hotel Jeju offers a European-style glamping option out in the nature, where guests can camp out at the tents and come back to the hotel and sleep in cozy hotel rooms later. Don’t have time or budget for these options? Don’t worry. There are glamping-themed restaurants and pubs in the ever-bustling, busy Seoul, which will quench your thirst for the outdoors, even it’s for a couple of hours.
在韓國，釜山和濟州島的一些酒店會提供豪華露營的服務，像是Westin Chosun Hotel Busan有印度帳篷供客人選擇，以及在The Shilla Jeju有涼台平房的家庭款帳篷和休閒活動。Lotte Hotel Jeju則提供了在戶外的歐洲風格豪華露營，客人們可以在營地遊玩後回到舒適的酒店房間休息。沒有太多時間和金錢？毋需擔心，還有一些以豪華露營為主題的餐廳和酒吧座落在繁華的城市裡，暫且可止住你對戶外活動的渴求，就算只有短短幾個小時。
Glamping in the city
The Glamping in Seoul’s foreigner district Itaewon is the pioneer of city glamping, as it boasts a four-story glamping-themed complex with each floors having unique concepts. The second floor is fully equipped with several tents that go around a swimming pool in the middle, whereas beanbags and artificial grass cover the third and the fourth floor, enabling the visitors to enjoy views of starry summer nights while they sip on their favorite drinks.
Located in the rising trendy street of Kyungridan-gil, an American-style camping pub Seoul Salon offers a more funky camping experience as the whole venue is painted with graffiti. The true gem of Seoul Salon lies in the rooftop, as the incandescent lamps and camping chairs send off a cool camping vibe in the city. On the weekends, it might be hard to find spots on the rooftop as it is quite popular among local Koreans.
Looking for a more authentic, private camping experience in the city? Check out café CABIN at the rooftop of A.NATIVE’s flagship store in Hannam district, not too far from Itaewon. From vintage wooden floors and walls to brazier, camping chairs, tents, and barbeque grills, café CABIN provides a real camping experience in the city. Note that it takes only reservations and opens up to only one team per day.
What are you waiting for? It’s time for glamping!
TEXT: JISU J
CHINESE TRANSLATION: KWAN