South Korea FESTIVAL MUST-SEE: BORYEONG MUD FESTIVAL
What began in 1999 as a festival to promote cosmetics made from Boryeong mud – high in minerals beneficial for the skin – is today one of South Korea’s largest, most raucous festivals, held over 10 days in summer on Boryeong’s Daecheon Beach, the largest beach on Korea’s west coast. The site is created by trucking in heaps of runny mud from the mud flats near the beach.
Unlike sandy beaches, Daecheon has clear waters and mineral-rich mud, and for the weekend of the festival, the quiet town is transformed into an enormous wild mud party, with mud slides, mud pits, mud baths and a mud swimming pool. A local tram transports participants from one attraction to another.
Other activities organised include a marathon, mud games, mud wrestling, a marine mud-training course and a mud massage zone.
In the evening, fireworks close the nightly entertainment performances, which include folk concerts and local music performances, a beauty pageant, open air rave parties, magic shows and character performances. Special exhibitions include an Air Force Show, a photo exhibition and a fair with local handicrafts.
Visitors who are feeling particularly energetic can attempt the marine mudtraining course. If you're looking for something more zen, you can kickback and relax in the mud massage zone.
For the weekend of the festival, the quiet town is transformed into an enormous wild mud party