BORYEONG MUD FESTIVAL
Where: Boryeong, Seoul, South Korea
When: 21th July-30th July 2017 (July 2018 dates are unconfirmed)
About: 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 festival is known as one of the marvelous summer festivals of Korea. It attracts mass of tourists and local residents of all ages and nationality. The festival was originally conceived as a marketing vehicle for Boryeong mud cosmetics. It’s the hottest global festival where you go back to your free days, forget about your worries and just simply immerse yourself together with friends from all over the world. Blast off the summer heat by cooling yourself with a dose of mineral rich mud! Mud is not the only thing that’s waiting for you. You can enjoy the romantic scenery of Daecheon Beach together with your special someone or just swim away and relax in the blue waters after a long day of rolling in the mud. Then rock the night out in K-pop concerts with the hottest artists. This filthy festival involves wrestling, sliding, massages, and photo contests.
For the period of the festival several large attractions are erected in the seafront area of Daecheon. This include: –
- Giant Mud Bath (Mud Pool)
- Color Mud Body Paint
- Mud Prison
- Mud Skiing Competition
- Mud Flats Game Experience Site
- Mud Super Slide
- Mud Wrestling
History: The idea for the festival began in 1998 as a promotion for the mineral-rich mud found near Boryeong, South Korea. When the manufacturers of Boryeong Mud products determined the beneficial effects of their local mud, they invited visitors to slather themselves in the stuff.
In 1996 a range of cosmetics was produced using mud from the Boryeong mud flats. The cosmetics were said to be full of minerals, bentonites, and germaniums, all of which occur naturally in the mud from the area. In order to promote these cosmetics, the Boryeong Mud Festival was conceived. Through this festival, it was hoped people would learn more about the mud and the cosmetics. The same Boryeong Mud products that inspired this festival are available for purchase. Various health and beauty clinics offer massages, acupuncture and other treatments utilizing the medicinal qualities of the mud.
Although the festival takes place over a period of around two weeks, it is most famous for its final weekend, which is popular with Korea’s western population. The final weekend of the festival is normally on the second weekend in July. The festival is closed with a large firework display.