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Topic : ‘Spot-saving’ Tents Pose Inconvenience at Campgrounds
2021호 7면
 
TITLE : ‘Spot-saving’ Tents Pose Inconvenience at Campgrounds

‘Spot-saving’ Tents Pose Inconvenience at Campgrounds

 

 

Spot-saving' Tents Pose Inconvenience at Campgrounds | Be Korea-savvy
Image: http://koreabizwire.com 

 

 

 

 (Korea Bizwire) — With the boost in the popularity of outdoor activities following the onset of the coronavirus, some ill-mannered people are leaving their tents behind at free campgrounds to prevent others from using the best sites.

 

They set up tents in the most popular locations inside camping areas, leaving them behind for weeks, or even months.

 

These tents, faded after exposure to the elements and covered in dust, are an inconvenience to other guests by depriving them of the chance to camp there.

 

Every weekend, people engage in fierce competitions to take over remaining spots at campgrounds due to these empty tents taking up unnecessary space.

 

As a result, many campgrounds have either shut down or turned into paid camping sites.

 

Heukseok-dong Recreation Area in Daejeon, a central city about 150 kilometers south of Seoul, was struggling with some 20 ‘spot-saving’ tents before the municipal office forced them out and temporarily shut down the entire campground.

 

Jujeon Family Resort Camping Ground in the southeastern city of Ulsan turned into a paid campground in March after struggling with a similar problem.

 

With the rising popularity of camping following the pandemic, almost one-third of all campgrounds were filled with ‘empty’ tents since last year.

 

“People are healed by the landscape and various programs they participate in as they travel,” said Lim Seok, an official of a municipal office in Gwangju. “Privatization of these by the few is absolutely unacceptable.”

 

 

Source: http://koreabizwire.com/spot-saving-tents-pose-inconvenience-at-campgrounds/193751

 

Comprehension

What did some ill-mannered people leave behind at free campground?
Why did they leave their tent behind?
How long did the leave their tents inside the camping areas?
What is the condition of these tents?
What's the result of this behavior?

Discussion

What do you think of when you hear the word 'camping grounds'?
What do you think about what you read?
What do you think about people who leave their tents behind at free campgrounds?
What can you say about "privatization" of camping grounds?
Should we just allow this ‘spot-saving’ tent?
How many times have you gone camping? Did you enjoy it?
Where have you gone camping?
Where is the best place to go camping in your country?
What is the best thing about camping? How about the worst thing?
Are you good at choosing a site for the tent?
Is it better to camp where there are many campers or a quiet seclude place?
Is camping popular in your hometown /city?
Have you heard of glamping?

Vocabulary

onset - the beginning of something, especially something unpleasant.
leave ( someone/something ) behind -to leave a place without taking someone or something with you
depriving - deny (a person or place) the possession or use of something.
fierce - having or displaying an intense or ferocious aggressiveness.
Privatization - the transfer of a business, industry, or service from public to private ownership and control.