Boryeong Mud Festival 2017
When: 14 July to 23 July, 2017
Where: Boryeong, South Korea
For everybody who's gone through life being admonished by religion and conscientious mothers not to indulge in mudslinging, the annual Mud Festival at Boryeong in South Korea must come as a godsend. The ultimate opportunity to cover friends, family and yourself in mud; to wallow in slime and get really mucky- that's what the Boryeong Mud Festival is all about. It happens annually- at the peak of summer- at Boryeong (along the west coast province of South Chungcheong), and attracts hundreds of mud-mad visitors, both Korean as well as foreign.
Calling this unusual event the 'Boryeong' Mud Festival is a bit of a misnomer, because the festival actually takes place not at the coastal town of Boryeong but at nearby Taechon Beach. The mud for the festival, however, comes from Boryeong, and is supposed to be chockfull of minerals that are good for your skin. The mud is believed to reduce wrinkles, get rid of excess oils from your skin, and help stimulate the growth of new surface cells.
As you've probably guessed, mud baths are the main highlight of the Boryeong Mud Festival- but they're not the only feature of this somewhat messy event. The festival also includes other interesting competitions: mud massages, a mud sculpture contest, a mud beauty contest and mud body painting contests. For the duration of the festival, Taechon Beach changes into a vast, muddy stretch of mud slides, mud baths, mud massage rooms and more- all geared towards making this a really muddy, messy, grubby and fun festival!
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