Out And About In Korea – Camping Near Gunsan
If you read my blog back in April of 2018, you might remember that one of my favorite activities when visiting San Diego was getting out and camping on Mt. Palomar (Read the blog by clicking here.). While we have enjoyed renting small trailers in Paju, and Byeonsan, we have not had an opportunity to do any car camping over here. I was very excited to discover that people were setting up tents on the edge of the footpath, and on these covered wooden platforms. With that in mind and the 4thof July holiday coming up, it was time to make plans to load up the car and head out for some relaxation on the beach in Korea!
I got off work, and we had the car loaded up within 2 hours, and began the 45 minute drive across the Gunsan Seawall to GoGunsan Island, and after stopping for some portraits we arrived at the busy Seonyudo, fortunately we arrived Wednesday afternoon, finding parking on the weekend can be a real pain.
Once we got the car unpacked and the tent setup it was time to light the BBQ and cook our first diner, which consisted Chipotle shrimp taco’s, Spanish rice, and refried beans.
You certainly could not beat the view from inside the tent. Great sunsets, and cool breezes were the norm. The only downside was the street lights on the road behind his came on after sundown and kept the tent constantly illuminated. I have ordered a new Coleman “Darkroom” tent to solve this issue though.
There are plenty of activities to do on the beach, from swimming to hiking.
You can also rent several types of vehicles such as this ATV.
I recommend leaving your car and renting one of the smaller vehicles to explore s the roads can get quite narrow and choked with two way traffic and parked cars.
Attractions include the “Prayer” lighthouse, and roaming around checking out the artwork at some of the pensions.
The beach is always a great place if you like people watching.
If you are a photographer, sunsets are a magical time!
On our second night we BBQ’d steak with red potatoes and vegetables, even though the signs did not state that you could not have campfires, it is generally understood that they are discouraged. To tiptoe around that, I bought a couple of bags of hickory wood for smoking and we had a very small fire in the mini Webber grill. It passed the 2 friendly Korean Police officers stopped to make small talk but said nothing about the fire. I was tired and went to bed early, while Mi Jung stayed up into the wee morning hours chatting with another woman who was at the beach camping by herself.
It was a great time, and really nice to be doing some real camping in Korea. If you are looking for a good all day outing. Pack up your ice chest, portable grill and some chairs and come down and stay all day! Or bring a tent and stay overnight. If camping is not your thing, stay in one of the several pensions in the area.
How to get there (Seonyudo)
From Downtown Gunsan Bus Station
Take the Number 7 Bus to the Bieunghang Port Transfer Area and transfer to Bus # 99
This will take approx. 3 hours.
Take the 21 Motorway and turn left to the Gunsan Seawall. When you get to end of the Seawall, on the first island, make a right. Keep following it around, over the 2 bridges until you see the sign for Seonyudo Beach. It is approx. a 42min drive from Downtown.
Naver states a taxi will cost you approx. 51,000w.
GPS: 35°49’7.428″ N
Be sure to visit next week for part 2 of Camping near Kunsan, we rent a caravan trailer at the Buan Healing Valley Resort and go to the Silk Worm Museum. If you wish to be notified of new content, be sure to register by clicking HERE.