Boryeong mud festival, South Korea

Photo © Shawn Perez

Unleash your inner swamp monster while ironing out some wrinkles at one of South Korea’s biggest festivals.

Boryeong’s mineral-rich muck is the city’s most esteemed export – its health-giving qualities attract tourists from all over the world but most important is its propensity to get absolutely everywhere. Staying clean is not an option.

The festival was originally conceived to promote use of the regional mud in cosmetics and skin care products but organisers soon realised that slinging it at each other was much more fun.

Now over 2 million people descend on Daecheon beach each July to mud wrestle, rodeo ride, slither down a hundred-foot mud slide and even partake in mud-based boot camps.

Written by - Photo by Shawn Perez

Readers who enjoyed
this article also liked:

  • Bern Bear Park, Switzerland

    Meet Björk and her bear buddies in Bern’s unique riverside park.

  • Wife carrying, Finland

    Wives at the ready! This quirky event involves men carrying wives over a 253.5m obstacle course.

  • Thaipusam festival, Malaysia

    Cages of spikes, cheeks and tongues skewered by tridents, and sharp hooks dug into fleshy bits. It sounds more like a scene from hell than a spiritual celebration.

Discuss

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close