The Boryeong Mud Festival – South Korea
The Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual festival which takes place during the summer in Boryeong, a town found around 200 km south of Seoul, South Korea. It initially began in 1998 as a promotional event for a range of cosmetics that were produced using the mineral, bentonite, and germanium rich mud found in the town’s mud flats. By 2007, the festival attracted 2.2 million visitors to Boryeong.
The mud is imported from the Boryeong mud flats to the Daecheon beach area, and used for this unique mud experience that’s popular with locals and tourists alike.
Several large attractions are constructed for this festival in Daecheon and include a mud pool, mud slides, mud prison and a large stage for music, competitions and more. If you want to set yourself apart, colored mud is even available for those interested in body painting.
The festival also includes a small market found along the seafront that sell locally made mud-based cosmetics. Additionally, numerous health and beauty clinics offer massages, acupuncture and other treatments utilising 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 concluded with a large firework display.