South Korea is all about festivals throughout the year, but a mud festival attracts people all around the world. Boryeong Mud Festival is South Korea’s one of the most famous festivals, also known as the world’s muddiest celebration to immerse yourself in!
What is the Boryeong Mud Festival?
Boryeong Mud Festival is a festival full of events concerning mud, on the Korea’s west coast at Daecheon Beach in Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do. The festival’s mud is from the Boryeong mud flats and used in various games and activities.
Some key facts about the Boryeong Mud Festival:
- Two long weeks to celebrate different activities
- No racial barrier, as it is open for the entire world to enjoy
- The event includes activities like mud skiing, mud swimming, wallowing in mud, wrestling in mud, face painting, music, and dance competitions.
- Tourists can purchase cosmetics made from mud from the small market along the sea.
- Tourists get relaxing treatment offers from different beauty clinics.
- The festival has safe mud pools for children.
- Nighttime activities are special attention here as it includes activities like the Hip Hop Rave Party, World Skin Beauty Pageant, and the Firework Fantasy.
- Opening and closing ceremonies also attract people
- Street Parade is amazing to attend.
- Foam parties are too much fun.
- Korean Air Force Black Eagle Show is breathtaking here.
- Charactermud mime performance is astonishing to watch.
Even if the festival’s origin was to advertise mud cosmetics, it has gone beyond that and reached people globally. The festival has grown to become a major tourist attraction all around the world, resulting in increased foreign exchange and the emergence of new tourism-related businesses in South Korea. Last summer, the Boryeong Mud Festival attracted around 3.95 million visitors, 439,000 of those being non-Koreans. “Foreigners make the festival,” Dong- Seog, a volunteer for Boryeong Mud Festival Organization Committee, said. The fun activities of the festival act as relief for the people who needs to escape a monotonous life.
History of the Boryeong Mud Festival:
The history of this mud festival has somewhat a humble beginning. The festival first started in 1999 to introduce cosmetics made from the Boryeong region of mud. The festival takes place in Korea’s west coast at Daecheon Beach in Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do, just a few hours south of Seoul. According to history, there are minerals, especially germanium and bentonite in the Boryeong mud, and it emits large amounts of far-infrared rays, which are beneficial for the skin. However, the sheer joy of a beachside party with mud outshined beauty marketing and attracted tourists rapidly. The festival takes place on a period of around two weeks, and the last week is the most famous for the locals and tourists.
When is The Boryeong Mud Festival:
The festival starts from 10th July every year and lasts for two weeks. The festival organizes each day with different events and night shows to make people enjoy the entire time.
Best Places to Visit during the Boryeong Mud Festival:
Besides the mud festival, you can also attend the Black Eagles Show, the La Tomatina festival, the Seongjusan National forest. It is also fun to learn the Korean cultural and religious practices from some temples in the city of Boryeong.
Essential tips to help you enjoy the Festival:
- Make sure to schedule yourself with two weeks as you can fully enjoy this Mud event only attending every program.
- Just a mere one or two days will surely not make you satisfied. Spread throughout Daecheon Beach and downtown Boryeong, the festival starts in the morning and doesn’t end until midnight.
- It drops tourist ferries in by the busload and off at the beach, carefully prepared with loads of mud tracked in from the region’s mudflats.
- For the festival, tourists require attendance tickets, you can get it in advance or during the festival. Most of the tickets go for about $10.
- Prices vary depending on the tourist (adult or teen) and the period (weekday or weekends).
- You should make plans for accommodation and transportation in advance to avoid frustration.
- Many English-speaking volunteers are on hand, and there are free lockers, a campsite, and basic clean-up facilities, making this a foreigner-friendly event in Korea
Safety concerns during the Festival:
- Entrance Fee: Make sure you have properly organized entrance fee, 10,000 KRW (9 USD or 415 PHP) for adults; 8,000 KRW for teens.
- Expect little from the beach: If you go to the beach thinking you will see something tropical, then you will disappoint a lot. As the beach is full of mud, the sand’s texture has changed throughout the year, but this shortcoming will surely cover up when you start your fun in muds.
- Crowded Beach: During the festival, the beach is super crowded, so you have to make sure your belongings are safe.
- All activities stop during lunchtime: If you want to avoid long queues at restaurants, have early lunch before noon or late lunch past 1:30 pm.
- Higher Food Prices: If you’re on a day tour, have a meal before going to Daecheon Beach. Food prices are much higher there. A meal costs more than 15,000 won. Best to bring food instead of dining at a stopover on the way to the city.
- The locker Room Problem: The public locker room closes at 4 pm. The sign on the door says that if you cannot fetch the things you deposited before, you will get them the following morning. Don’t forget this if you’re on a day tour.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How to get to Boryeong / Daecheon Beach: The nearby airport is Seoul-Incheon, and it is very accessible to foreign tourists. It links most major cities in the world to Seoul by many legacy airlines and low-cost carriers. If you come from Dhaka Airlines like SpiceJet, US-Bangla Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, IndiGo will be your aid. If you go to Boryeong directly from the airport, you need to board the Airport Railway train to Yongsan Station; there you will take a Korail train to Boryeong. To reach Yongsan Station, take the Airport Railway line to Gongdeok Station (where you will alight). Transport to GyeonguiJungang Line, bound for Yongmun. Alight at Yongmun Station. Then board a Korail train to Daecheon Station.
How to reach Boryeong Festival by Train:
Boryeong isn’t your first stop in Korea; also you will come from your hotel in Seoul, then how you will reach Boryeong? It depends on where you are in the city; at first take the train/subway/metro to Yongmun Station, and then board a Korail train to Daecheon Station.
How to reach Boryeong Festival by Agency-Arranged Group Tour:
One more comfortable way to attend the festival is by joining a 1-day group tour that would take you from Seoul directly to Daecheon Beach at around 7 am and take you back by nightfall. This will cost around USD 50-80, depending on the agency and the group’s size.
What kind of clothing is recommended?
As everything you meet on the beach is full of mud, you will feel the need for some clean clothes to wear after the long haul.
Is a good amount of money necessary to enjoy the festival?
Money is necessary if you want food, lockers, and souvenirs to buy as everything is expensive in South Korea during the event.
Do I need a waterproof pouch or bag?
You can put money and other valuables for your phone, a see-through waterproof cover is a must if you’re planning on taking your phone with you everywhere.
Do I need sunscreen?
Yes, sunscreen is a must here as the event happened in summer and the sun will surely damage your skin if it’s delicate. Make sure you protect your skin properly.