Korean Netizen Dared to Pitch 24-Man Tent Alone, Succeeds

Netizen 'Lv7.벌레' single-handedly pitches a 24-man capacity tent

News over the weekend that a netizen managed to pitch a 24-person capacity tent single-handedly in approximately 90 minutes has rapidly spread across the Korean internet, generating thousands of comments and reactions. The event was originally organized on the forum of the online photography community ‘SLR Club‘ after one its members took up the challenge to set-up an army tent unaided – much to the ridicule of others. A website was even set-up for the occasion.

The ‘T24 Festival’ event took place two days ago, attracting crowds of over 2000 people, and out-of-the-closet SLR Club member and popstar Lexy (who also conveniently promoted her new single for her comeback), and the media.

Sexy Korean celebrity Lexy came to show her support for netizen 'Lv7.벌레'

Upon completion of the challenge, ‘T24 Festival’ became the most searched query on all major Korean portal sites, with the news even reaching the Korean Ministry of Defence, leading to the government department to tweet about it, saying:

When asked whether pitching a 24-person capacity tent alone is possible, we said ‘it’s pretty tough.’ But today, at the T24 Festival, Mr. ‘Lv벌레 (nickname)’ succeeded in doing it in less than 2 hours! So yes, setting-up a 24-person tent is definitely possible!!^^


Netizen who pledged ‘I can single-handedly pitch a 24-person tent’ succeeds

‘A 24-person tent, alone. Is that really possible?’ ‘It is.’ (Nickname: Lv7.벌레 (‘Lv.7 Beolle’, or ‘Bug Lv.7′), posted last month on the 30th at about 12:46PM)

‘It is.’ Those are the two words that attracted approximately 2000 people to the festival. In the afternoon of the 8th, there was a long queue of people who had come to see the ‘T24 Festival’ in front of Seoul’s Yangcheon-gu Sinwon Elementary School.

On that day, the ‘T24 Festival’ was held for users of the digital camera community called SLR Club. The story began on the 30th of last month through a light-hearted online argument when a user posted the question ‘can you pitch a 24-person army-style tent all alone?’

The overwhelming response was ‘there is no way you can do that alone,’ but Lee Kwang-nak (29), username ‘’Lv.7벌레,’ suggested ‘If I can completely pitch that tent in less than two hours, give me 500,000 KRW [500 USD], and if I can’t I’ll pay back the same price.’ During the following week, his ‘bet’ spread uncontrollably.

This grabbed the attention of both companies and the media alike as various notices such as images and posters were uploaded throughout the Internet by the community board members. One games company supported costs for the tent by placing adverts on it, while corporates sponsored the event by handing out giveaways during the event.

But it was the energy of the pure-minded netizens, or community-board users, that made the event a pivotal one. From early morning, SLR Club members sported t-shirts with ‘I ♥ Beolle’ written on, while helping in maintaining the smooth running of the event. To make the event take place, approximately 2000 netizens gathered in a relatively orderly manner to come see the ‘T24 Festival.’

Netizen 'Lv7.벌레' single-handedly pitches a 24-man capacity tent

Mr. Lee briefly stated his feelings [before] by saying ‘Whether or not I am actually able to raise that tent is not important’ ‘the significant part is that people have fun at this social festival.’

Netizen 'Lv7.벌레' single-handedly pitches a 24-man capacity tent

At about 3:05 PM, Mr Lee started his fully-fledged challenge. And at every occasion the 4 poles were put upright and the tent took shape, netizens would chant and cheer Mr. Lee’s nickname ‘벌레’ [Beolle or ‘Bug’]

Netizen 'Lv7.벌레' single-handedly pitches a 24-man capacity tent

Netizen 'Lv7.벌레' single-handedly pitches a 24-man capacity tent

Netizen 'Lv7.벌레' single-handedly pitches a 24-man capacity tent

At about 4:30 PM, Lee climbed on top of the roof of the tent to announce he had completed his mission, followed by cheers and a round of applause. On his successful completion of the challenge, Lee said ‘I really want to thank those who made me into a ‘legend’ [and allowed me to prove I could do it], otherwise I’d have forever been remembered as a bluff.’ Netizens shouted out the word ‘daeinbae’ [‘petty and crafty person’] as Lee touched their hearts.

Completing the mission

During the celebration concert, Kim Dong-beom (33), a graduate student majoring in vocal music, sang ‘You raise me up.’ Kim said that ‘I’ve been a member of SLR Club for 8 years now, but unlike the past, with the current developments in SNS, an atmosphere in which one can say ‘I can do it. I’ll try it’ has sped at full throttle – it’s so exciting’ and while shedding a few tears said that ‘I picked the song to convey the message to all other members of the club that even though you may ‘Mr. Bug’, it is still possible to overcome hardships.’ Popstar Lexy revealed she too was a member of SLR Club and voluntarily made a performance.

Sexy Korean celebrity Lexy came to show her support for netizen 'Lv7.벌레'

On the day, the event was the most-searched term on web portal Naver, attracting much attention among netizens, with up to 9,000 viewers at one given time watching the video stream through the online ‘USTREAM‘ service.

The T24 Festival that saw a netizen pitch a 24-person tent alone has captivated Internet users

The T24 Festival that saw a netizen pitch a 24-person tent alone has captivated Internet users

Comments from Naver:


Soldiers on duty are gonna taste hell because of this ㅜㅜ ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke


First sergeants are gonna say ‘hey if one civilian can do this, then why can’t ten of you do it?!!’


Next time they put up a 24-man tent, they’d better do it alone.. Otherwise, they’ll be treated like bugs….


First Sergeant ‘likes’ this article.


You soldiers are doomed..


When I was doing my military conscription, more than ten of us had to struggle so much to put up just the one tent. It took several people to just hold up a pole whilst others bore holes in the ground.


The real winner should be the soy sauce commercial featured on top of the tent.


Some of you say this is stupid. But think of so-called ‘variety shows’ on terrestrial TV channels: they’re worse than this article. I mean, at least this is REAL, no editing whatsoever.


Where are all those idiots who dared to put their organs on the line for this thing? You guys fucked up big time ke ke ke ke ke


You bloody bug!!= You’re such a modern, humorous, brave, determined, and audacious man.


Wow how could he.. ㅜㅡ We did it with 14 men ke ke ke ke ke


When I was a private soldier, I was stunned to see three staff sergeants setting up a 24-man tent.. That guy is doing it by himself. It was freaking painful enough when I tried to demonstrate it to the younger ones, even though we were three. The Ministry of Defence must hire him asap!


I can hear active soldiers screaming with euphoria.. ke ke First sergeants, platoon leaders and squadron leaders are definitely gonna command the weirdest orders from now. Anyway, raising the ridge is like lifting the whole weight of a tent; in other words, raising almost 200 kg. He did it in a most creative way. And setting up that kind of tent requires a very good sense of balance – that’s why it needs many people – and he did it alone. duh duh One mistake will lead to disaster. Some of you might say ‘what’s the big deal about it?’ but go and enlist in the army then you’ll see how hard it is. You never know until you try.


Wow you’re such a determined guy. You really did it all by yourself. All this the fruit of Internet comments.. You’re the best.. You took it from being a ‘leftover’ person [ie. no job, girlfriend, and having almost nothing to do in life] to a national team level.


I’m so sorry. I had set-up 24-person tents several times during my service in the army so I thought you were completely insane and insulted you [when you said you could do it].. I just couldn’t believe my eyes when you actually did it. I apologize for having talked down on you, and not believed in you. BTW, you’re handsome. ke ke ke ke


The Ministry of Defence should change the drill book on tents: one man is enough for this task.


Fucking netizen saekkis.. Why can’t you accept that someone might be able to do it even though you can’t? This is a quintessential example of how fucking Korean netizens’ mentality is, never recognizing others. You all owe him an apology.


He’s quite a man. It’s not easy by any means. There must be only a handful of guys who can do it within two hours.


Some of you were nodding your chins, saying ‘what’s so great about it?’ Just shut the fuck up! Today, I’ve just found out how the Pyramids of Egypt were built.

Ministry of Defence tweet about the T24 Festival

Comments from Daum [about the fact that the Ministry of Defense tweeted about it]:


He’s a reserve staff sergeant, who retired 8 years ago. A normal civilian could never reach that level of know-how. ke


Honestly, I kind of knew he could do it by harnessing his wit and know-how. But I was mesmerized by watching how he did it, sticking up the poles and adjusting angles with a hammer. I was like, ‘Oh, so it can be done that way? Wow human beings have gotta start using their brains.’ And I didn’t know he would’ve done it so fast, even with his cleverest wit and know-how.


Some guys can break hard rocks with bare hands. Don’t ever think that guy is normal.


That guy’s brilliant. I watched him on site; they set the time limit to 2 hours because of other events. Actually, he could have done it in 30 to 40 minutes. They had to hand out gifts and there was a performance by a dance team. All of these took one hour and a half.


Oh dalgteoljibaggo [refferring to someone’s internet user ID] ke ke ke !! Active-duty soldiers are in a big trouble. From now on, you’ll have to do it alone. If one guy can do it in an hour and a half, there’s no reason for bringing extra men. When I was in the army, one of our men escaped from the camp; everybody went to search for this guy, so it was just my boss and I that had to put up that tent. It took two hours. Now they’ll say we have to do it alone. (It’s not entirely impossible though, but doing it in an hour and a half is indeed amazing.)


I salute you for your courage to set-up that tent so joyously, keeping to your words spoken on the Internet.


That’s so fucking tough…..amazing,,

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  • DigitalSoju

    I’m puzzled. How is this even considered remotely interesting? Most searched for on naver? 2,000 people attending.


    • Brett Sanbon

      I guess you’d have to have served in the Korean military to care, because I don’t get it either.

    • Chris

      we can expect the hyuna version of this event shortly, as well as tent building tv spots for U+. it will only take them days to commercially rape this monumental feat once it goes global.

    • 미대협

      Idk, i mean, it’s kinda cool? That’s a big ass tent, too. At least it’s something constructive and not like the “milk chug challenge” or “spoonfull of cinnamon” or something boring and repetitive. Plus, he has a pretty boss shirt on.

  • raket


  • ric

    i like stories like this…soo cool i wanna see a video on it!

  • Anonton

    Is this a big deal or whatever because i don’t do camping.
    (crap now i sound like soy bean paste soup girl!)

  • glenn

    The shirt is more interesting than the feat. I wouldn’t want to pitch a tent that big alone.

  • Stories of butts

    Slow news day in Korea, hes cute though.

    • Germandude

      Ok, what’s next on TV? Korean granny prepares 5 kilos of Kimchi in 10 minutes? And if that’s not catchy enough: She does it all alone!

  • k

    What a hottie!! Kbang anymore shirtless photos of him? He is a cutie (^_^)♡.♡(^_^) Although that lady looks like my old hagwon principal with a bad dye job…..brought back an unpleasant memory. More cute korean guys, more cute korean guys, more cute korean guys!!!! ***sits up protest demonstration***

    • Tippy Long Stocking

      lmao K, you and I basically wrote the same thing just now. I find it funny that I basically said a.) he was cute. b.) that he needs to lose the shirt before I scrolled down and said the same thing.

      • Tippy Long Stocking

        oops and saw that you said the same thing.

  • Chris

    “Today, I’ve just found out how the Pyramids of Egypt were built.”

    i must’ve missed the 만s and 만s of slaves building the tent.

  • h3ll

    And we have here the next dorama´s hero, so sexy^^

  • Tippy Long Stocking

    What a cutie! But the muscle t-shirt is kind of douche. Lose the t-shirt and KEEP it off :o)

  • Cassidi

    I only care because he’s hot.

  • Cuddycream

    This kind of thing sums up Korea for me: baffling, kind of charming and sweetly lame. I watched the video and he wasn’t even running around! It probably takes longer to do it with a load of soldiers because no-one can actually do anything without a “senior” telling them to. A guy by himself can just get on with it.

  • Seanshine


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