Boryeong Mud Festival

Exit the Demon

Exit the Demon

A Korean girl climbs free of the fangs of the mud monster (actually a bouncy castle), Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea.

11 Reasons to go to Boryeong Mudfest in 2013

Originally Published on Kimchibytes.com

 


7 Things About Korea: Festivals

More-so than anything else, Korea is a country obsessed with festivals. You'll find them for most anything - ranging from religious inspired festivals such as Seoul's Lantern Festival (for Buddha's Birthday) to debaucherous borderline orgies such as Boryeong's (in)famous Mud Festival.

 

While it's true that a lot of the Korean social experience seems to revolve around consuming vast quantities of alcohol and making out with your peers, there's also a lot of opportunities to get out and interact with people without the influence of alcohol. A year round calendar of festivals means that, if you're game, you'll rarely have a weekend where you won't have the option to get out of town and soak up a little bit of the local culture.

 


Jinhae's Cherry Blossom Festival

Korea is a country that loves a good festival. These range from the beauty of Jinhae's Cherry Blossom Festival or the dazzling lights of Jinju's Lantern Festival; to the charming cultural ones such as Gwangju's Kimchi Festival or Jindo's Moses Walk; to the downright weird such as Cheongsando's 'Slow Walking Festival'.

 

Oh, and the epicness that is the Mud Festival.

 


Top 10 Things to Love About Korea

 

For those contemplating the leap that is teaching English in South Korea, there's plenty of documentation out there to highlight the big picture draws of the country and the career. You know about the good money, the free accommodation, and the fact you can use South Korea as a launching pad into South East Asia - so here are the ten small pleasures that I've picked as reasons I love being in Korea again.


Mud Day

The first night we kept it pretty clean…

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but it still went late, and a few beers were downed the next afternoon before we even discovered the grounds.  The girls and I entered in a trio of cheap white tanks we’d bought in Nampodong the weekend before…

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until we spotted the Mud Prison, an obvious place to start the festivities.

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Mud Bed

Officially back from two days away at Mud Fest, Korea’s annual festival held on Daecheon Beach and devoted to, well, mud.  Shenanigans included 40 foreigners discovering a microphone on the Friday night bus trip up and breaking into (among other tunes) a rendition of “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations.  The Mudslide, Mud Prison, and Mud Pit had Leah, Dianna, Bryan and myself caked in grey by early afternoon Saturday.  In an effort to preserve my Canon, mud pics are on the disposal, to be developed asap.

Meanwhile, we couldn’t resist getting our new friend Branden from Michigan to snap a few shots of us in our weekend living quarters…upon arrival, we discovered the booked-for-four hotel room provided one bed only. 

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Boryeong Mud Festival, 2007 (Relax)

Boryeong Mud Festival, 2007 (Relax)

One of the biggest and most famous of South Korean summer festivals, the Boryeong Mud Festival draws tens of thousands of Koreans and foreign expats alike to Deachon Beach on the Boryeong coast (about 2.5 hours away from Seoul).  The festival organizers tout the health and beauty benefits of the supposedly famous mud from this region ("rich in minerals!") as the reason why the event is so successful, but my impression of the event is that a lot of people just really, really like almost any excuse to play in the mud.

© 2007 Lee Gumienny

Boryeong Mud Festival, 2007 (Celebrate)

Boryeong Mud Festival, 2007 (Celebrate)

One of the biggest and most famous of South Korean summer festivals, the Boryeong Mud Festival draws tens of thousands of Koreans and foreign expats alike to Deachon Beach on the Boryeong coast (about 2.5 hours away from Seoul).  The festival organizers tout the health and beauty benefits of the supposedly famous mud from this region ("rich in minerals!") as the reason why the event is so successful, but my impression of the event is that a lot of people just really, really like almost any excuse to play in the mud.

© 2007 Lee Gumienny

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