Seoul is such a dynamic city. It's high tech, it's fast-paced, and there's always something to do... but, sometimes, life in the city is downright hectic... and this Carolina girl needs to escape the can of sardines that is Seoul for some much needed breathing room.

Thankfully, Korea’s highly affordable public transportation makes it easy and cheap to take a break from all the hustle and bustle... and in the mountainous province of Gangwon, about an hour outside of the city, I found one of my favorite little escapes.


On a cool, fall weekend, a couple girlfriends and I, (with four bottles of champagne, face masks, and a family size container of cheese balls in tow), headed to Banu, an edgy little glamping site in Gangwon-do.

One train ride, one bus ride, and one cab journey later, and we were there - (this process may sound intense, but it was actually pretty seamless). We dropped our bags in our "tent" and I IMMEDIATELY took my shoes. Barefoot in the grass, I popped a bottle of champagne, and our girls weekend began.

We played around in the grass in our bare feet (a luxury you will miss more than you think if you were raised in the country), roasted hot dogs over the fire pit on the deck, played with the resident puppy, and, when the mosquitos eating us alive got to be too much, went inside our trendy pod to play cards and watch old N*Sync music videos (while wearing hilarious Shrek and Kung Fu Panda face masks).

The next morning, my friends awoke to the sound of me popping our last two bottles of champagne – (What can I say? Life is meant to be celebrated). We finished off our goods, and very reluctantly, (when the cleaning staff came knocking on our door), vacated our Banu home away from home.

We opted to stay in the duplex tent villa (pictured below). With two full size beds, a loft, full kitchen, and an indoor bathroom, these “camping” pods were just about nicer than our apartments in Seoul.

(The max occupancy of the duplex tent villa is 4, so, if you need something larger, book the dome villa instead which is a little more expensive, but holds up to 6).


If you need a quick escape from Seoul, I would highly recommend glamping.

There are SO many glamping sites to choose from around the country, but I found Banu to be really easy and convenient to get to from Seoul. It’s just an hour bus ride away, and you can easily book a pod on AirBnb! 

Ready to book your stay?

For availability and current rates check out Banu Glamping on Airbnb.

Click here to book one of their duplex tent villas (max occupancy of 4), or here to book one of their dome tent villas (max occupancy of 6). 

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