A popular event among expats living in Korea, the Boryeong Mud Festival attracts thousand of people every year. Held in the town of Boryeong, some 200 kilometers away from Seoul, the festival includes various activities, all including the famous Boryeong mud that is known across the country for its health and cosmetic benefits.
Since we were coming from Busan, our trip to Boryeong included a five-hour bus ride. Once we got there, we were accommodated in a small guest house, packed with festival visitors from across Korea. The festival actually lasts for two weeks, but it is the last weekend when it reached its peak and when everyone decides to come. Once we changed into clothes in which we could afford to get down and dirty, we were ready to go into the epicenter of entertainment. The festival had all sorts of stuff – mud slides, a giant mud pool (with organized wrestling matches, if you’re into that sort of stuff) and even mud prisons! Of course, all this comes with a giant stage for live performances where people dance, drink and have fun. For those who are more interested in the cosmetic properties of Boryeong mud, there are various facilities that offer massages and beauty treatments, but also little stalls where you can buy mud-derived cosmetic products. By the end of the weekend we were absolutely exhausted, but it was definitely worth it!
Make sure to book your accommodation in advance – the festival is really popular!