INCHEON, Jan. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — In the midst of the rising popularity of camping among South Koreans, an increasing number of camper vans that are without appropriate parking spaces are instead occupying public parking lots and roads, drawing public ire.
Four caravans are parked on one side of the Songdo International City road in Incheon, west of Seoul, while three caravans and a handful of cargo trucks are parked on the other side of the road.
The situation is almost same for the public parking spaces in park areas.
According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the number of campers – commonly referred to in South Korea as ‘camping cars’ – shot up to 38,260 in 2020 from 4,131 in 2014.
Despite the sharp increase in the number of campers, designated parking areas remain limited, with an increasing number of owners shamelessly parking their vehicles along general roads or in public parking spaces.
To address this problem, some municipal governments are transforming some spaces within less-used public parking lots into dedicated parking spaces for camper vans.
The Namdong District in Incheon shifted the public parking lot in the neighborhood of Soraepogu Station into a complex parking lot that can accommodate as many as 77 campers.
The usage rate of the parking lot marked a more than 40-fold increase from 1.9 percent to 78 percent in 2019.
M. H. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)