South Korea FES­TI­VAL MUST-SEE: BORYEONG MUD FES­TI­VAL

Asian Geographic - - East Asia -

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

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