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International Camping and RV Show Kicks Off at Coex Updated: 2010-07-09 00:00:00 KST

Camping has come a long way from the days of leaky tents to the now countless camping sites and facilities all across the globe.
And here in Korea a growing number of people are hitting the road with their tents or recreational vehicles, commonly known as RVs.
And great news for camping lovers as the country's first ever International Camping and RV Show opened its doors at Coex Exhibition Hall in Seoul on Friday.


[Reporter : Lee Ji-yoon, jiyoonjlee@arirang.co.kr] "Recent figures show, camping has never been more popular here in Korea and this trend looks set to continue for many years to come as this International Camping and RV Show highlights a variety of useful camping tips for both avid and first-time campers.

Despite the early morning hours, hundreds of visitors came down to check out the show.
The exhibition showcased various camping equipment ranging from multipurpose tents and electric lanterns to portable swimming pools.


[Interview : Park Hee-woong, Exhibition manager
International Camping & RV Show] "Compared to years before, there are definitely more people who are interested in going camping here in Korea. So, we thought it would be a good idea for us to put together an exhibition of different camping goods to provide useful information."

Camping enthusiasts say that spending a night out in the forest is not only romantic, but also a great value-for-money option.
And recent data shows that the market trend for camping equipment is forecast to be about 300-billion won, roughly 250-million US dollars, in 2010 compared to 2007 when it stood at only around 50-billion won.
Such trend shows that the market for camping goods is quickly expanding as more and more people are discovering the joys of sleeping under the stars with their friends and family.


[Interview : Shin Hye-hyun, Visitor] "We first went camping last year because my husband suggested it would be a good chance to spend some quality time with our kids. I especially like how my children can play freely in nature."

Here, visitors expressed hope that more opportunities to learn about camping basics and equipment would pop up more in the future.
The three-day International Camping and RV Show 2010 will run until this Sunday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Lee Ji-yoon, Arirang News.
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