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3 Outdoor Activities To Do in Korea When Spring Has Sprung

Posted on Fri, May 01, 2015 @ 05:34 PM

When I decided to teach in Korea, I knew that I would probably do some hiking – as Korea has many mountains. One thing I did not realize, however, was just how much Korean people love their outdoor activities.  Thankfully for me, I also enjoy outdoor recreation al activities. It comes as no surprise to my friends back in Ireland that the three things I love doing the most in South Korea all involve the outdoors. This blog will look at the three most popular outdoor activities to do in Korea during the spring – things we can enjoy without the blistering heat of the summer sun!
Spring in South Korea

1) Hiking:

Hiking in Korea is probably one of the most popular past-times, dare I say – it is more popular than Noreabang. One of the reasons why hiking is so big here in Korea is because of the landscape. In Daegu, where I am living, I am surrounded by mountains. One of my favorites is Apsan Mountain. Apsan, which is a five minute taxi ride away, costs me around €4 or $5 to get to. There is nothing I love more than going for a hike on a Sunday, just after noon. Usually some of my Korean friends and I, and occasionally some fellow English teachers, will take a taxi to the base of a mountain, (Usually Apsan, although there are plenty to choose from) and go for a nice midday hike.
Hiking in Korea
 
Usually it will take us a couple of hours getting to hike to the top. Once there, we will eat some ramen or instant noodles, and depending on how energetic we feel, we will have one or two cups of makgeolli or some soju. There is nothing better after a long hike than taking in the amazing views from the top and enjoying the warm sun. On a clear day you can almost see the whole city of Daegu, which, as I have said previously is surrounded by mountains. It’s like standing on the edge of a football stadium and looking down at the field, only the field is a giant city, and the stadium walls and seats are mountains.


Apsan Park in South Korea

This time of year, the weather is ideal for hiking. It is not too hot or cold and it is usually very dry. Whether you are teaching English in Daegu, Seoul or another part of South Korea, hiking is a very popular past-time, and one which many English teachers like to do.

2) Camping:

Another great activity I really enjoy to do in Korea is camping. Spring is the perfect time to do this, as it’s warm enough to spend the night outside, but cool enough that you can sleep. Also, thankfully this time of year there are not too many mosquitoes, which make for perfect camping conditions. Actually, to be truthful, it is more like glamping. Many Koreans are big into camping, and so, not surprisingly, glamping in Korea (glamorous camping) has become big here. Sure, you still stay in a tent, although now you have the option of having electricity, wifi, air conditioning and even a TV! What I like about glamping sites is that you don’t need to worry about buying your own equipment. You can turn up and they will already have your tent pitched. You can cook some meat on a fire pit, relax by the fire at night and in the morning have a nice warm shower.
 
camping in Korea
One popular glamping site I have found is called TMON GLAMPING (This website is Korean only - so maybe ask a friend or co-worker to help you book it). For $200 six people can spend the night here and eat unlimited BBQ meats. This is amazing value, as it works out at to around only $30 per person.  Also, because there is electricity you can listen to music all night long and relax by the camp fire. I have noticed, more and more English teachers are partaking in glamping. 
Korean BBQ

3) Picnics in the Park (Or Rooftop):

Finally, one of my favorite things to do in South Korea during springtime is to go to the park and have a picnic. Since the weather is warm and the nights are comfortable, you can spend the day and late evening relaxing at one of the many parks in South Korea. My favorite park in Daegu is called Duryu Park. (It is located right in the center of Daegu and is so big, it spans over three subway stops) This is a very popular park among English teachers and locals. This park is filled with speakers, and music is played until 10pm. Sometimes, we prepare our own food, although one of the best things about picnics in the park is that there are delivery services available as well. Whether you want McDonald’s, chicken or pizza, with one phone call you can place an order and they will find you in the park. Also, if the park is busy, delivery guys will walk around and offer you chicken.  Sometimes they will also even offer you cool refreshing beverages, which saves you a trip to the store!


spring in Korea
Alternatively, you can have a rooftop BBQ with your friends which is something my friends and I aim to do at least once per month. We sit on the roof, watch the sun go down, listen to music, eat BBQ, talk and even plan our next vacation.
Springtime in South Korea definitely my favorite season.  After enduring the cold Korean it is a great time to enjoy nature and some of your favorite outdoor activities. 
spring in Korea

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John May grew up in Dublin, Ireland where he is from & went to Trinity College – one of Irelands best known universities. He graduated from here in November 2012 with a B.A. (Mod) in Geography & Sociology. John has always had a passion for travelling having been to most of Europe, he decided to explore Asia after Uni. He had always wanted to teach and thought what
better way to travel than teaching English on the way. John is currently teaching English for CDI in Daegu, South Korea a position he found through Aclipse; John has been in South Korea for two years now, and loves every minute of it!

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