South Koreans indulge in extreme staycationing

South Korean couples considering extreme staycation ideas need not look so far afield for inspiration.

“Home-camping,” where people set up camping gear and barbecue at home just as they would in the woods or on the beach, has become popular.

A recent spike in coronavirus cases and a monsoon that has lasted nearly two months, the country’s longest on record, have spurred Che Min-hee and her husband Lee Seung-yoon to convert their Seoul flat into an indoor campsite.

With folding chairs, picnicware and at least 15 different types of twinkling lanterns, the couple settled in on a rainy Saturday evening to enjoy cooking gambas al ajillo, a Spanish garlic shrimp dish, and pasta on a portable stove. A crackling campfire video streaming behind them on the television gave the scene an atmosphere of authenticity.

Sales of camping equipment from April to mid-July jumped 52% year-on-year, according to South Korea’s retail giant E-Mart.


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