Last weekend I headed towards the sea for the locally famous Boryeong Mud Festival. This event occurs on Daecheon Beach in the coastal city of Boryeong, which is about two hours away from Daejeon. All of the mud activities occur on the promenade above the beach - there were mud slides, mud pits, even mud face painting. Just picture mud... but everywhere. I did not take as many pictures as usual on account the messy and perilous conditions, but I think I got the most important parts.
I will be honest, I did not spend a whole lot of time in the mud, but my reasons were totally sound! The line to get into the mud area was extremely long, and they were only selling tickets for about ten minutes every half hour. Additionally, all the tickets they did have sold out by mid-afternoon. So, that aspect of the festival could have been better planned. Never fear though! We still managed to get muddy by stealing mud from the bottom of the slide - run up, rub it all over, run away, repeat.
Despite the relative cleanliness of my mud festival experience I still had a great time and would recommend it to anyone thinking about going. I had heard many anecdotes about the festival - both positive and negative - before arriving, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. We spent the majority of our time listening to the music, drinking beer on the beach, and swimming in the ocean. In my book, that is definitely a day well spent.
Tips for Future Festival Goers
- Arrive on Friday night so you can get your tickets to the mud area first
- Book you lodging ahead of time because everything will sell out
- Bring plastic bags for your muddy/wet clothes and electronics
- Don't bring electronics to the festival area (and if you do be extremely careful)
Have you ever been to the Boryeong Mud Festival? What did you think?
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