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By: Bao Ngoc

Korea is a well-known tourist destination thanks to its beautiful landscape and fascinating culture. Korea is often associated with spicy kimchi, a cuisine staple.

Visiting the country in the summer, tourists can expect moderate weather, with some drizzle, sun and breezes all happening in one day. Korea is also famous for its colorful regional festivals. In summer, Boryeong is known for its mud festival’s great atmosphere.

The Boryeong mud festival takes place in mid-July for two weeks on Daecheon beach. Visitors enjoy local games and can soak in the beauty enhancing mud. The mud, taken from natural sources, contains many beneficial minerals that nourish and improve the skin. Originally organized to promote Boryeong mud cosmetics, the festival is a tourism treasure for Korea.

Boryeong has plenty to offer tourists, including friendly residents, ample sightseeing spots, and the sea, sun, sand and mud.

There are many mud experiences during the festival. These include a mud pool, mud slides, mud prison, mud wrestling and skiing competitions, and body painting with coloured mud. A favourite is the “Mud King” contest. Playing and getting creative in the mud brings unstoppable thrills. All the stress from the daily grind is taken away in the slippery, fragrant mud. Beside mud activities, a large stage is erected on the beach, which is used for live music. Famous singers and dancers shake it up and make some noise with the audience. The end of the festival is marked by a fireworks display, making visitors promise to come back the following year.

There are skincare services in various professional spas and clinics around the festival grounds. Strolling along the beach to watch the romantic sunset is another option. Visitors can also enjoy many delicious local dishes in the food stalls. If you go to the Boryeong Mud Festival, you will not be disappointed. Try it once, get muddy and live life to the fullest!