Comfort and coziness at the campfire: Winter on Jeju, Maximize your Experience with Winter Camping
Warm yourself up outdoors with winter camping to make unforgettable memories back home with an overnight experience in one of Jeju’s gorgeous landscapes. Winter camping is thought of as the ‘flower’ of camping as the cold weather blooms for warmth in the outdoor environment.
- Comfort and coziness at the campfireWinter on Jeju, Maximize your Experience with Winter Camping
Warm yourself up outdoors with winter camping to make unforgettable memories back home with an overnight experience in one of Jeju’s gorgeous landscapes. Winter camping is thought of as the ‘flower’ of camping as the cold weather blooms for warmth in the outdoor environment. Preparation worries will vanish at the thought of available accommodation with all its features plus more at your request. The season is ideal for campfires complemented by hot chocolates or teas. Due to Jeju Island’s geographical location, the temperature on the island is bearable as it will very rarely drop below 0 degrees. The coldness of winter is sharp and bitter but, it can be overpowered with the heat of food sizzling on the grill and hearty laughs and conversations that can be shared in portable shelters. Jeju Island has a vast range of camping options and preferences available to suit all camping styles, and people are attracted by the comfort.
- Luxury at your fingertipsGlamping and Caravanning
Glamping comes from the terms ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’. It combines the concept of outdoor accommodation and facilities but it is more luxurious than activities associated with traditional camping. Glamping and caravanning is a must when it comes to visiting Jeju Island as it enables a raw connection with the environment at your own comfort. This style of camping is a stress reliever from the usual camping setup as everything from cookware to chairs and beds are prepared within the glampsites. Caravanning with two or more people is a good way to enjoy company in a tight space and be surrounded by natures’ gifts.
Everything you need for glamping is prepared for yourself, your family, partner and friends in Jayeonin. You don’t need to prepare anything. Glamping is an accommodation alike camping. Only Jayeonin offers half-day rentals as well so you are able to vacate the space for the day at a cheaper price if you prefer not to stay overnight. Prices vary with the duration and time of stay. Within the tent there is an air conditioner, a sofa, a blanket, a camping table, camping chairs, a refrigerator, and within the facility there is a public bathroom and shower room and a supermarket. It is optional to buy groceries and prepare your own meal before going glamping. But, as there is a supermarket, you could buy ingredients and meats for the BBQ onsite which is highly recommended if you are willing to pay the additional fee. There are a range of choices when it comes to activities and things to do during your stay. You can visit a restaurant and a cafe in the area and go to a handicraft workshop, performances on a set stage and a pension. The staged performances are free, open to the public and the shows run for 30 minutes at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ‘Jayeonin’ means a natural person in Korean. This provider hopes visitors experience a pastoral scenery and the fantastic natural surroundings of Jeju. The fee is 30,000~89,000 won for a tent. If an adult is added, you’ll pay 5,000 won more per person at the front desk.
Jayeonin (자연인) Address 110, Aranseo-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do Phone 064-723-7502 Hours check-in 17:00~check-out 10:00 the next day. Half rental is from 11:00 to 16:00 (for a Sunlight tent) or from 17:00 to 22:00 (for a Moonlight tent). If you want to check-in after 23:00, you should call the provider first. Website http://jejujayeonin.com
Jeju Glamping Muhanjamihyang (제주글램핑 무한자미향)
Jeju Glamping Muhanjamihyang is known for its safety and especially for its protection from any possible fires or bushfires. Flame-resistant fabrics are used for the tents. Within the campsite there are 22 active CCTVs which security and staff use and also inspect the area regularly during the night. It offers two types of tents; a Cavana tent and an Indian tent. A Cavana tent is large and wide like a general hotel room but it exclusively has a garden. Inside the tents there is a bed with blankets and bed sheets, bathroom, a minibar, sofa, an electrical mattress, a refrigerator, a microwave oven, plates and cutlery, a dryer, towels, a shower room, a hammock, a parasol and so on. An Indian tent has a unique cone-shape serving many functions. Furnishing goods are similar to a Cavana tent. If you would like to cook while camping, this provider offers all equipment for barbecue for 20,000 won as well as an optional food supply at the comfort of your tent at an additional price. The alternative is going out to buy your own ingredients for the barbecue at the local supermarket where you have a selection of meats to cook. Just bring yourself and essentials as everything is prepared. Enjoy outdoor sports like swimming, trampolining and playing football. Due to varying temperatures and conditions on Jeju Island, there is always a seasonal festival and events. Particularly, in winter you would experience flying a kite. The forest surroundings in this area will heal all your stress and tensions and replace them with sweet, warm and unforgettable memories. Note that the fees are very flexible depending on the season when you visit. A provider says if you reserve through Booking.com, you’ll get amazing discount. Search ‘Jeju Glamping’ located in Gujwa. It doesn’t show its full name including ‘Muhanjamihyang’ when you look for it in English on the internet.
Jeju Glamping Muhanjamihyang (제주글램핑 무한자미향) Address 1921, Jungsangandong-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do Phone 064-784-3200 Hours Check-in is available 15:00~19:00 and check-out is until 11:00 the next day. If you want to check-in after 19:00, you should call the provider first. Website http://www.jeju-glamping.com
Byeol Heneun Bam (별헤는 밤)
Byeol Heneum Bam is located at Aewol, a peaceful area. Its name means 'a night counting stars'. You can see the stars twinkling in the night sky. This is a caravan type of camping which is a medium-sized livable and portable compartment that each have a bathroom, a bedroom, a terrace, a garden, TV, heating system, a projector, full set kitchen (includes a fridge, a microwave oven, rice cooker and an oven), a sofa, a functional sink, bathroom accessories, cutlery and so on. Overnight in a caravan and glamping in a luxurious tent have incomparable experiences. Byeol Heneun Bam offers free breakfast like milk, juice, toast, eggs, jam and coffee. There are installed burners which you can use for boiling so that you don't need to bring your own burner. It provides a grill and charcoal for barbecue. The additional fee for it charges 20,000~40,000 won depending on size. You can enjoy barbecue exclusively. There is no supermarket in this camping spot. Buy your grocery before going camping. Excluding a caravan, it has a dome-shaped tent which is also nice. The fee is 79,000~159,000 won for a tent and it is flexible depending on the season and number of guests.
Byeol Heneun Bam (별헤는 밤) Address 348, Gwangsang-ro, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do Phone 010-9269-7802 Hours check-in 15:00~check-out 11:00 the next day. Website http://xn--qh3bll.com
- What you should buy for the perfect winter mealGrocery Shopping for Camping
Imagine staying at a tent on the ground covered with white snow or drinking warm coffee next to a romantic fire which burns fiercely. Above all, cooking and having nice food would be the most memorable part to fulfil your happiness and outlook on camping. If you don’t carefully prepare what to bring for cooking, it is like just going to battle without a weapon. First, calculate how many meals and how many people will eat during your stay and decide on the budget for your trip. If you buy too many things, the excess would go to waste. It would be helpful to purchase non-perishable ingredients such as canned-food. What to buy depends on the self-established menu. Take a note for menus. If you don’t have a menu list, you can waste materials. Those who crave carbohydrates such as rice, noodle or pasta, you can buy instant rice from the local supermarket. It is all cooked and packed for one serve.
For the barbecue, prepare the selection of meat with your choice of seafood, sausage, pepper powder, salt and oil. If you want, you can add onion, garlic, mushrooms and spring onion to enhance the flavor. For grilled skewers, meat, sausage, salt, paprikas, onions, cherry tomatoes and canned pineapples are needed. Don’t forget to buy the skewers! For kimchi stew, you have to buy kimchi, your choice of meat or canned tuna, garlic, spring onion, onion, red pepper powder. If you want, you can add tofu and any other ingredients. For instant noodles, you'll find various kinds of instant noodles in the supermarket. Choose any instant noodles that you want. If you want special noodles, you can add an egg, sprouts, potatoes, seafood, spring onions, or even milk.
When you buy pork or beef, you have a choice on which part of the animal you would like to buy as meat. Deungsim (등심) means loin. This part is a popular choice for roasting. Ansim (안심) means tenderloin which is also popular like loin. Samgyeopsal (삼겹살) means belly. It is a boneless part of the pig that comes with abundant layers of fat. Because of that, when it is warmed, it generates juices which makes the meat more delicious. Galbi (갈비) means rib chop. This part is hard to cook well. It needs skill and patience but is definitely worth it. Moksim (목심) means blade shoulder. It has less fat and more connective tissue which means it needs a long time to make it tender. These parts are all good for barbecuing. When you buy meat or seafood for barbecue, ask the butcher to cut them off so that you can use them quickly.
Jeju King Mart Arajeom (제주킹마트 아라점)
Address 613, Jungang-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do Phone 064-712-7111/td>
Hanaro Mart Jejujeom (하나로마트 제주시농협 제주점)
Address 206, Namgwang-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do Phone 064-729-1551
Hanaro Mart Hagwijeom (하나로마트 하귀농협 본점)
Address 7136, Iljuseo-ro, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do Phone 064-720-1830
- The ‘flower’ of campingCamping Food
One of the attractions of camping is cooking your food yourself and sharing it with friends and family. Even if you are bad at cooking, the practice of cooking itself will give you unusual joy. Piping hot and delicious foods will warm your body from the coldness in winter. The difference is that when you cook while camping, you can use the fresh, famous ingredients of Jeju Island. For example, Jeju black pork is one of them. Overcoming poor environmental surroundings for cooking is also a novel experience. Here are some recipes for camping that you can follow easily.
When you plan to cook while camping, you can’t miss the barbecue. It is almost a taboo to not barbecue whilst camping. The term barbecue or barbeque comes from the Spanish word barbacoa. Barbecuing has four cooking techniques: smoking, baking, braising and grilling. In the past, smoking was used to preserve foods. It extended the expiration date. This technique is now used to add smoked flavor or tenderize. Baking is cooking something by dry heat without direct exposure to a flame, typically in an oven with moderate temperatures. Braising comes from French word ‘braiser’ and is a method in which food is first seared in oil or fat using an open pan and is then slowly cooked in a small amount of liquid with the pan covered. Grilling is done by direct heat from burning charcoal and the high temperature of the flame. It makes the meat cook more quickly and this method is ideal for barbecues for the juicy and smoky flavor. Eating the meat and seafood with only salt is enough but if you want a variety of flavors, you can marinate before barbecuing or use sauces and garnishes.
Grilled skewers are part of an iconic menu in camping alongside barbecuing. A recipe is as simple as just skewering your choice of meat and vegetables but some say the taste is enhanced when it is on a stick. Some providers of glamping have conveniently prepared skewers but not all of them have this ready to use. This is one of the things you should check before going camping.
Cut meat into bite size pieces and marinate with salt and pepper powder. Cut a paprika and an onion also into the same size. Cut the spring onion into 3cm pieces. Then you can skewer all the materials. You can add a cherry tomato or canned pineapple or mushroom which increases flavor. Also, you can use a sausage instead of meat. When you turn them on the grill, sprinkle a little bit of vinegar and water on them (the best ratio is 1:5) to prevent the food from becoming dry. If you're using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 20 minutes before grilling. Barbeque sauce is optional.
Kimchi is a representative dish in Korea. It is a pickled vegetable saturated in red pepper powder, which includes Chinese cabbage, radish, spring onion, cucumber and so on. Koreans usually have it as a side dish with warm rice. For Koreans, kimchi is like curry for Indians. Due to the globalization of Korean food, kimchi has become widely known abroad. But when you first try it, it could be difficult or strange to eat due to the unique flavor. If you cook it as a stew, it might be more suitable to your taste. When you cook kimchi stew, it is almost always Chinese cabbage kimchi that is used, not a radish kimchi or a cucumber kimchi. Purchase the kimchi from the supermarket. Adding pork or canned-tuna makes the broth of the stew more delicious. With a little oil, add and stir the pieces of pork that has been cut into bite-sized pieces first. Then add kimchi, which is also cut into bite size pieces and stir with the pork. Add water, red pepper powder, garlic and other vegetables and then boil to your satisfaction. If you use canned-tuna instead of pork, stir the kimchi first and add tuna later with other ingredients. One tea spoon of sugar will make it more delicious. If you use perilla seed oil when you stir, it would be aromatic. Serve with rice.
Instant noodles have been broadly loved by Koreans for a long time. Actually the Korean instant noodles originally come from China and Japan. Now Korea has 220 kinds of instant noodles and sales volume is distinctively high. It is very convenient to store and cook. It is also very cheap. Korean instant noodles generally have a spicy taste. When you have hot and spicy instant noodles, you’ll sweat a lot and your mouth could be a bit numb, which releases your stress. Buy any instant noodles from a supermarket. If you don’t prefer spicy noodles, you can choose non-spicy noodles instead. Each of the instant noodles has a recipe you can follow on the back of the package. There are several ways and suggestions on how to cook and what to add. If you cook it through a nickel-silver pot, compared with a stainless-steel pot, it will be cooled down fast so that it delays making noodles soaked. The optimal amount of boiling water is 550ml. which is a bit more than three cups. What to add first between seasoning and noodles depends on the person. They suggest that pouring the seasoning first makes the noodles more delicious because it has a good effect on the elasticity of the noodles. There are vice materials which make noodles rich: diced rice cake, red pepper, kimchi, an egg, garlic, dumpling, spring onion, potato, sprouts, ham, cheese, mushroom, crab, shrimp, tofu, canned-tuna, pepper powder, bacon, beef and perilla. You can add anything according to your taste.
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