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Auto Campsite

An auto campsite is a lodging establishment registering and operating an auto campsite property as an auto campsite business pursuant to the ‘Tourism Promotion Act’. It provides ‘land equipped with toilets and washing facilities where travelers can park their RVs or other vehicles and set up camping equipment such as tents next to them for overnight stays.’
Statutory Definition
Auto campsite properties are lands registered and operated as 'auto campsite businesses' pursuant to the Enforcement Decree of Building Act, and ‘auto campsite business’ means a business that provides space where vehicles can be parked, camping equipment can be set up next to them, and facilities suitable for cooking and other activities, allowing tourists using vehicles to utilize the space, pursuant to Article 2 of the Enforcement Decree of the Tourism Promotion Act.
Lobin Commentary

Annex 1 of the Enforcement Decree of Tourism Promotion Act stipulates the following registration standards for auto campsite business:

  1. It must be located in a safe area with no risk of flooding, erosion, isolation, landslides, or falling rocks.
  2. A facility layout, usage instructions, and emergency response guidelines must be posted in a visible location for users.
  3. Facilities or equipment must be provided to alert users in case of an emergency.
  4. Adequate fire extinguishers must be secured and placed in visible locations, considering the size of the campsite.
  5. Evacuation shelters and routes must be secured inside or outside the campsite to prepare for emergencies.
  6. Managers familiar with emergency response procedures must be present during the open hours of the campsite.
  7. Campsite facilities must be installed with minimal alteration to the natural ecosystem and landscape. The types of facilities that can be installed in the campsite are determined by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
  8. The total floor area of buildings (as defined in Article 2, Paragraph 1, Item 2 of the Building Act) installed in the campsite must be less than 10% of the total campsite area. However, this does not apply if the campsite business utilizes facilities and properties of schools closed due to a decrease in student numbers or school consolidation (provided the area of the existing closed school property is not increased).
  9. In addition to the above, if a campsite is established in a conservation management area under Article 36, Paragraph 1, Item 2 of the National Land Planning and Utilization Act or in a conservation green area under Article 30, Paragraph 4, Item 1 of the same Act, the following conditions must be met. However, this does not apply if the campsite business utilizes closed school properties without new construction or expansion of roads leading to the campsite entrance:
    1. The total area of the campsite must be less than 10,000 square meters.
    2. The total floor area of buildings installed in the campsite must be less than 300 square meters and less than 10% of the total campsite area.
    3. Campsites located within a drainage area as defined in Article 15, Paragraph 1 of the Sewerage Act must discharge sewage into the public sewer system once its use begins under Article 27 of the same Act. Exceptions apply as specified in Article 28 of the Sewerage Act.
    4. The campsite boundary must be landscaped to minimize environmental and landscape impact.
    5. The campsite must be designed to prevent damage such as slope collapse and soil erosion.
  10. A camping space of at least 50 square meters per vehicle (a space where a vehicle can be parked and camping equipment can be set up next to it) should be provided.
  11. To ensure camping convenience, appropriate water and sewage facilities, electrical systems, toilets, and cooking facilities should be provided based on the number of occupants.
  12. A single-lane or wider road should be secured to the entrance of the campsite. If a single-lane road is used, adequate passing areas for vehicles must be provided at suitable locations.

Additionally, for temporary auto campsite business operating within a period of up to four months per year without altering the land’s form at beaches under Article 2, Paragraph 1 of the Beach Use and Management Act or amusement parks under Article 2, Pragraph 1, Item 2 of the Enforcement Decree of the National Land Planning and Utilization Act, the following relaxed standards apply:

  1. It must be located in a safe area with no risk of flooding, erosion, isolation, landslides, or falling rocks.
  2. A facility layout, usage instructions, and emergency response guidelines must be posted in a visible location for users.
  3. Facilities or equipment must be provided to alert users in case of an emergency.
  4. Adequate fire extinguishers must be secured and placed in visible locations, considering the size of the campsite.
  5. Evacuation routes must be secured for emergencies.
  6. Managers familiar with emergency response procedures must be present during the open hours of the campsite.
  7. A camping space of at least 50 square meters per vehicle (a space where a vehicle can be parked and camping equipment can be set up next to it) should be provided.
  8. To ensure camping convenience, appropriate water and sewage facilities, electrical systems, toilets, and cooking facilities should be provided based on the number of occupants.
  9. A single-lane or wider road should be secured to the entrance of the campsite. If a single-lane road is used, adequate passing areas for vehicles must be provided at suitable locations.
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  • Period: 2017-2021

※ In Korea, general & residential accommodations are included while rural & urban minbaks are excluded. Comparable countries are selected based upon availability of lodging GDP statistics for all types of accommodations.

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  • Period: As at the end of 2021

※ General & residential accommodations other than rural and urban minbaks asre included for Korea. Life cycle was calculated as of December 31, 2021 or actual closure date. If there exists a discrepancy between data sources for an establishment, the discrepancy was settled through an algorithm before use.

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  • Korea: Lodging Business Ledger (MOIS), Tourist Accommodation Ledger (MCST), Economic Census (KOSIS), Hotel Operating Statistics (KHA), DART (FSS), Trends Report (STR)
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  • Period: 2005-2021

※ General & residential accommodations other than rural and urban minbaks asre included for Korea. Visibility was calculated as the number of establishments for which revenue data is available divided by the total number of establishments. If there exists a discrepancy between data sources for an establishment, the discrepancy was settled through an algorithm before use.

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  • Rooms(Korea): Lodging Business Ledger (MOIS), Tourist Accommodation Ledger (MCST)
  • Guests(USA): Compendium of Tourism Statistics (UNWTO), Trends Report (STR)
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  • Period: 2005-2020

※ General & residential accommodations other than rural and urban minbaks asre included for Korea. If there exists a discrepancy between data sources for an establishment, the discrepancy was settled through an algorithm before use.