Getting Down and Dirty at the Boryeong Mud Festival 2012, South Korea

Date of Boryeong Mud Festival is from Saturday 14 July 2012 to Tuesday 24 July 2012

This year, from July 14-24 2012, over two million tourists will go down to a small sleepy town of Boryeong in South Korea, for a truly unique kind of attraction. The fun revolves around almost two weeks of pure mud, lots of mud and, nothing but mud.

Preparing for the Boryeong Mud Festival

Regardless of age or gender, everyone gets down and dirty at the Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea.  And, in case you are imagining a desolate place where there is nothing but mud flats all around you, heed my call, friend. The site of the festival is almost four kilometers of soft, white sands on Daechon Beach.  The mud is taken from the Boryeong mud flats and transported all the way to the Daechon Beach area, where a section of the white powdery beach is transformed into the “Mud Experience Land”.

Fun and Chaotic Mud Fights

Here, you will enjoy a whole different kind of experience. You and your friends can paint your bodies with mud coming from huge mud tubs strategically located around the area. You can join a friendly wrestling contest with strangers on slippery mud pools. Your friends can let themselves go high up on super mud slides measuring about 12 meters high and 40 meters long, speeding down in a thrilling ride that ends in a splash on, what else, a watered down mud pool.

Then there is the mud prison, another great attraction, where you are detained and, to escape from this prison, you must be punished harshly with mud. But some people are joining the festival precisely for the mud punishment.

In fact, the most popular activity of all is the mud beach physical training where participants work out by doing strenuous physical activities including squatting and moving on all fours according to the instructions of a stern looking trainer, complete with dark shades and a whistle – but that is all for show…

Of course, you can also have a mud massage along the beach and you can even buy cosmetics products including mud soap and mud shampoo to take home as souvenirs.

However, the contrasting ambience of all the exciting mud activities set against the backdrop of the smooth powdery white beach is not the only thing drawing in the crowds. Here’s more – the festival is, literally and figuratively, a free for all – there are absolutely no entrance fees. What can be more gooey fun than that, my fellow travel fanatics?

Health Properties of the Mud

Initially, the festival started out as a local marketing campaign to promote the benefits of the exceptional mud found in the Boryeong mud flats. This mud has been known in and around the area as rich in such skin healing minerals as bentonites and germaniums. Sometime in 1996, the town began manufacturing this special mud into a new line of skin care cosmetics.

But, the manufacturers were confronted with the problem of marketing an exotic yet great product, and they hit upon the singular idea of inventing an unusual festival to promote this product. So, in 1998, the first Boryeong Mud Festival was held and, judging by the number of initial participants, numbering around 300,000, was a huge marketing success.

Making Muddy History

The first international tourists to join the festival were the foreign English teachers working in Seoul and American military personnel stationed across the country. Soon, word spread out about the intriguing festival and tourists from around the world started coming in droves and the rest, they say, is history.

Today, the Boryeong Mud Festival is considered the most important and highly anticipated annual festival in South Korea with an estimated 2.5 million tourists ready to join the fun.

So, tell your family, invite your friends, relieve your stress and pamper your body by getting down and dirty at the Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea this July 14-24 2012.

 

Getting Down and Dirty at the Boryeong Mud Festival 2012, South Korea

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