Camping in Woraksan National Park with Kids
The SCS family has been in the middle of big transitions for our family so we haven't been getting out and about as much as we're accustomed to. Even though we weren't ready for another big trip we still wanted to get out of the city for the long weekend. We decided to take advantage of the amazing National Parks in Korea with a camping trip. I bought an amazing book called "Camping In Korean National Parks"(link at the bottom of the post) which gave me an idea of what to expect from each camp site. We loaded up the car, grabbed some good friends, and headed down to Woraksan National Park in Chungcheongbuk-do Korea.
Driving from Yongsan-gu in Seoul it took us roughly 2.5 hours to get to our camp site. Driving on the expressway, our toll bill was roughly $5.
There are several rest stops along the way. The driving was easy with our GPS. We have a AWOL navigation and it had Woraksan National Park already in its digital memory. The physical address in the Camping In Korean National Parks book was incorrect. The drive there was really beautiful once we got out of the city.
Once we got about 20 min out for the National Park we started to see brown tourist signs leading us to the National Park. Once we started seeing apple farms, after apple farms, we knew we were getting close. Chungju is known for its apples. (I asked the information desk if there were farms that allowed apple picking unfortunately they didn't.)
Once we arrived we stopped at the first information area to use the restroom and to check the large scale map to make sure we were headed to the right campground.
There are four camp sites at Woraksan National Park. We decided to camp at the Datdonjae Campground.
The site has already assembled tents and a cleared area for independent campers. We brought all of our own gear so we camped on the independent side of the river.
I liked the idea of being right next to the river for Sam. She loves water and adored taking swimming breaks with Daddy.
It also made the area cooler since we were camping in the summer.
The camping area was divided into squares, designated by roped off areas.
The camp site had parking outside the camping area.
The information booth had dollies and wagons for lending to get everything we brought from the car to our camp site.
They also had a communal refrigerator for patron use. If campers would like to rent a pre-assembled tent, cooking set, or sleeping mats call ahead.
|Prices listed are for pre assembled tents and areas. Independent camping was only 7,000 won a night!|
Here are a few more pictures of the campsite.
Inside the National Park there were markets set up selling fresh food. There was also a restaurant right across the street from our campground. I'll admit it, I sent SCS Daddy there once while camping for some take out. Mommy wanted a break from cooking!
We left the campsite to check out a few of the hiking trails and temples in the area. We drove over to the Deokju-san Fortress and were able to park right in front of the Fortress wall.
We were able to walk through the gate and up into the pavilion.
There is a small hiking trail from the fortress wall to the Deokju-sa Temple.
The temple scared me with its massive staircase entrance but thankfully if you walk to the right of the temple there is a sloped access point. The views from the Temple were amazing and the air so crisp it put Sam right to sleep in her hiking backpack.
There is a very clean restroom at the temple. This is becoming more and more important as we potty train Sam.
From the temple there is an entrance to the hiking trail that leads to the Maitreya Buddha image carved into a rock face.
On our second day we headed out to check out the Mireuksaji Temple Site. Once again we got lucky with parking right in front of the temple site. This site was actually stroller accessible with ramps next to all the stairs.
After so much wonderful fresh air and space it was hard to head home to Seoul but as soon as we got home, we went out to dinner.... ah yes, city life is nice too!
Thank you for your company and your friendship J. B. and N.!
Woraksan National Park Website
Hike Korea Website