Shin-mo, a woman in her 30s living in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, drove an SUV straight to the campsite in Pyeongtaek on Friday the 6th after work.
Her unmarried company worker is a veteran camper who has been fascinated by the charm of camping since 10 years ago and enjoys camping without fail on his days off, unless there are special circumstances.
In particular, May, the queen of the season when the temperature rises and the greenery thickens, is the peak season when all campsites are fully booked for the weekend.
The Pyeongtaek camping site, which doubles as a fishing spot, was where Shin had set up a tent for three months since last March and stayed overnight.
He said, “Last week during the Children’s Day holiday, I was not feeling well, so I enjoyed camping in a tent that only her sister’s family had set up.”
According to Gyeonggi-do on the 13th, more than 300 campsites in the Gyeonggi area have increased over the past five years as the camping population has soared amid the work-life balance trend of pursuing work-life balance.
As of the end of 2022, there are 799 campsites in Gyeonggi-do, accounting for about 25%, the most in the country. This is an increase of 328 (69.6%) from 471 at the end of 2017, five years ago.
Of these, 738 (92.4%) are run by the private sector, and 76 (9.5%) are car camping sites (auto camping sites).
The increase in camping sites in Gyeonggi-do is due to good accessibility and beautiful natural scenery. In particular, Gyeonggi-do is considered a camping spot for office workers who have to split their time.
Even in Gyeonggi-do, it is concentrated in the north (558 places, 70%) rather than the south (241 places, 30%), and among them, it is concentrated in Gapyeong-gun (216 places) and Pocheon-si (162 places).
Four places in Gyeonggi-do were listed in the top 10 hot place camping sites in Korea selected by Forbes Korea in 2021, all of which are in the northern part of Gyeonggi-do.
As camping demand is concentrated, most private campgrounds in the province have been caught operating unregistered children’s facilities.
As a result of a specific inspection of the safety management of children’s play facilities in private campsites by Gyeonggi-do in February and March, it was confirmed that only 9 of the entire inspection campsites were registered with the ‘Children’s 토스카지노Play Facility Safety Management System of the Ministry of Public Administration and Security’.
In particular, an on-site inspection of 17 unregistered children’s play facilities revealed that they operated without safety inspection for a long period of time, resulting in a high risk of accidents.
In response, the province, along with the city and county, is conducting a full investigation into whether or not to operate unregistered amusement facilities in the campsite.
For the 17 sites inspected at the time of the specific audit, the relevant city and county were notified to prepare measures such as banning use of children’s play facilities and removing them.
Apart from this, the campground safety and sanitation facility renovation and fire safety securing support projects are also being promoted.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the local government share the project costs, and 80 campgrounds in the province applied for this project this year, and 43 were selected.
A provincial official said, “We are working with the city and county to enjoy leisure life in a safe environment.”