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Derrynane Beach, June 2 2011

Spring in Korea

Spring, it could be argued, has finally arrived. Usually I would equate the cherry blossoms with spring, but for me spring is most evident in the yellow dust, or 황사, that infamously comes from China. But cherry blossoms in Korea really let you know there’s no turning back now; summer is around the corner.

In Korea cherry blossoms are very, very popular. In fact I would say they are more popular than any other plant in the country, and the festivals that are celebrate these pretty trees are almost as popular.

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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

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