Camping in Hadong

IMG_8951I feel very lucky to have a friend that loves to explore on his motorbike. A few years back, while exploring, him and his friend saw a really nice secluded area along a river outside of Hadong. To get to this area, they had to walk through a plum farmers orchard and then across a long sand bank. But what they found was the perfect camping spot in Korea.IMG_8942

IMG_8991Since then they have been coming back to this area every year. Before, they would come and have huge parties, but as the years change so does the style of camping.

This last weekend there were 9 adults, 1 kid and 4 dogs. Myself, Jason and Willy were the last to arrive but there was a lovely little spot to pitch our tent right on the river. Willy jumped straight in to the river and was so happy being around the other dogs and being able to go leash-free all weekend

IMG_8985IMG_9103Once we were all set up it was time to start the bonfire and start cooking for the evening. We had an amazing vegetable stew and some pasta.IMG_8964

We spent the rest of the evening  sitting by the bonfire, chatting, laughing and just having a really nice evening. At one stage a deer came in to our campsite and snuck in to the bushes nearby. We thought it was pretty amazing but though nothing more of it.IMG_8965IMG_8967

One of the dogs (The Golden retriever) whimpered a lot in the evening and none of us knew why. We realised that the deer was still in the bushes. We were a bit shocked and amazed that it stayed there.

Unfortunatley, the next morning we discovered that it had died during the night. It was so skinny the poor thing.

It was so peaceful waking up to the sound of the river from our tent. We were camping away from the others so there was definitely a beautiful sense of calm.

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The next day we decided to go to the Hadong Green Tea Festival which I’ll write about in another post.

Once we got back to the campsite, it was time to relax and cool down in the river. I even did SUP boarding for the first time. It was so much fun, even with Willy jumping on and off of it trying to knock me off balance (unfortunately…or maybe luckily, there is no photographic evidence).IMG_8988IMG_8962

That night we had a delicious dinner of Thai Green curry (who said camping needed to be unhealthy!) and enjoyed our final night in this beautiful relaxing setting.

It was such a great weekend and I’m dying to get back there! As you probably gathered from my last post, myself and Jason have been having a hard time dealing with living abroad lately (I think it’s because we are so close to finishing that it almost feels like we are in limbo) and it can be pretty hard to get away from it all here so we are hoping to get back to this little slice of heaven in another few weeks, although we aren’t looking forward to the smell from the deer carcass.IMG_8989IMG_9098

16 thoughts on “Camping in Hadong

    1. Yeah, it was so nice! It’s usually really hard to find a secluded place in Korea to camp so this was absolutely perfect! (I can’t wait to get to Colorado and explore the amazing camping there!!)

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  1. Your photos are lovely! Hadong has now gone to the top of my list for my next camping spot 🙂
    We should meet up sometime, it’s so great seeing other dog owners camping here in Korea! x

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    1. Yeah that would be great! Willy is always looking for new playmates! and we’d love it too! We are hoping to go camping a few times in the next couple of months so we should definitely arrange something 🙂 (p.s. Shadow is absolutely gorgeous and looks just like a dog that I’ll be pet-sitting in August!)

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  2. Your photos are lovely! Hadong has now gone to the top of my list for my next camping spot 🙂
    We should meet up sometime, it’s so great seeing other dog owners camping here in Korea! x

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  3. I loved the morning photo through the tent – idyllic. I hope you get to go back (no carcass though!). I have a friend teaching English there, she’s loving life in Korea but I don’t remember where. Anyway, take care, Sarah

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    1. Thank you! Yeah we are hoping to get back in the next couple of weeks and hoping that by some miracle the place won’t smell!
      I’m glad that your friend enjoys it here…It’s a great life here in Korea 🙂

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