The Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual festival which takes place during the summer in Boryeong, a town around 200 km south of Seoul, South Korea. The first Mud Festival was staged in 1998 and, by 2007, the festival attracted 2.2 million visitors to Boryeong.
Boryeong City has many resources and beautiful scenery with mountains and beaches. People who live there say it is a blessed place that has been called world in Boryeong cause the citizens have lived in splendor from generation to generation at the place of the great scenic beauty.
It is held at Daecheon beach. The mud in that area is said to have special properties that make for healthier skin. There are lots of products made by this special mud.
Boryeong’s mud is different from other mud,
- said local mud entrepreneur Kim Song-soo.
In order to promote the Daecheon beach area mud, Boryeong city started a festival where they would bring in mud for people to experience for free. Somewhere along the way, some foreign teachers started to attend the festival. Apparently, foreign teachers and others in Korea love the idea of painting themselves with mud, jumping into a mud bath, and sliding down a mud slide, or taking their chances with some mud wrestling.
As you can imagine there are probably more foreigners that attend the festival than there are locals. Going to the Mudfest is almost like returning to a beach back home and enjoying a Spring Break like atmosphere. Well, except that everyone is covered in mud and drinking Cass from the Buy The Way.
The Mudfest also features live entertainment, contests, fireworks, exciting nightlife, and all kinds of other surprises.
About 2 to 3 million domestic and international tourists visit the beach during the annual festival, according to the festival organization.
It is certainly a unique event that will be memorable as one of the best times you had during your stay in Korea.