Most visitors to Muuido flock to its developed beachfront resort. However, running along the same beach, but separated by a series of large rocks, there is a more secluded beach where visitors can set up camp. It is a 45-minute hike to the campsite. Although that may sound daunting, it is well worth it.
The Scouting Report
For the most part, the campsite is quite scenic. It offers a great view of the Yellow Sea and is extremely secluded. Unfortunately, there is some trash sprinkled along the beach. It's not enough to ruin the experience, though.
The Camp Site
Campers can make camp right on the beach. If you are scared of the tide (there is a big tide), then there is an elevated sandy patch that provides a great view of the Yellow Sea.
Campers don't have to worry about firewood as there is a forest behind the camp site.
Keep in mind that the nearest convenience store is 45 minutes away. Before you begin your hike, make sure you have all of your camping supplies. (This includes your tent. This isn't a commercial camping site. You won't find any tents to rent or buy here.) Take a look at the 'How to Get There' section on the best place to stock up.
Remember to follow the mantra: "Take nothing but pictures, and leave nothing but footprints." Keep the place clean. When you are leaving, take your garbage with you and dispose of it when you get back to the developed part of the island. Don't be lazy and leave your trash on the beach.
How To Get There
1. When you get off the ferry upon arriving at the island, follow the crowd. But don't take the bus. Walk along the street.
2. After passing a few restaurants, you will see a CU (purple convenience store) on your right. This is a good place to pick up any last minute goods (e.g. charcoal, grill, beer, toiletries, ice, water).
3. After the CU, you will see a sign for Silmi Resort. Follow that sign and take a right.
4. Walk straight. You will reach a white building. You can go left or right. Take a left.
5. Soon after, you will reach a blue street sign. It will read 'Keunmuri 7beogn-gil'. Take a right. The street will be paved.
6. You will follow this street for a while. It will eventually turn into a path. Follow this path until you reach a fork. You can go left and follow the concrete path, or go right and follow a dirt path. Go left and follow the concrete path. (A large portion of this path is uphill. Persevere. Don't give up.)
7. You will reach a red fence that is meant to keep out cars. The fence doesn't pose too much of an obstacle to hikers. Just walk around it.
8. At this point you will be able to see glimpses of the sea. The path will begin to descend. Once you reach the beach, look to the left. That is the prime camping spot.
**It should take approximately 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on your determination and fitness. Don't embarrass yourself in front of the locals; get it done in 45 minutes.
Elsewhere on the Web Beware: these sites are primarily about the more established areas of Muuido
- Muuido Island: Sea and Sand for the Weary Waegookin - by Seoul Searching
- Muuido Camping - by The Korea Blog
- A weekend under the sun: Muui Island (Muuido 무의도) - by Trekker Drew
- Camping in Korea: Beach Huts on Muuido Island - by The Vagablond
- Beach Camping Korean Style! - by Jen and Jason go to Korea
- Muuido: The Island With It All - by Adventure Teaching
Extra Tips and Info
- If you would like to hike, there are a number of trails to explore. There are a few signs to direct you. The hiking paths can be found near the concrete/dirt path fork (see Step 6 in 'How to Get There'.)
- The hike can be arduous, especially because you have to lug all your supplies in. There is a short stretch where there is a steep incline. Just push through it. The isolated nature of the camp site is worth the journey.
- You may cross paths with local hikers or campers. Most of those you see will not stay the night.
- If you carry your tent in, make sure you've packed your tent poles as well.
To see more photos, check out the Muuido Campsite photo album. The pictures appear in the same order as you would see them on the trek to the campsite.
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Posted August 9, 2015