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Boryeong Mud Festival


Getting dirty at the Boryeong Mud Festival. Courtesy of Korea National Tourism Organization
Photo courtesy of Korea National Tourism Organization
Jul 2009 (annual)
Hours: Daily 10am-10pm
Link: Boryeong Mud Festival Website
Boryeong's Mud Festival on Daecheon Beach brings out the child in everyone. Mud has long been considered a marvellous treatment for the skin and Koreans know this only too well, so smear yourself all over and make your skin shine.
During this summer event, festival-goers apply mud packs to the entire body. The mud from Boryeong apparently contains important minerals which reduce wrinkles and remove excess oils from the skin surface. Medically, mud baths are also supposed to improve the blood circulation and stimulate new skin growth.

Aside from the general mud bathing, there are also mud body painting contests, a mud beauty contest, mud massages and even a mud sculpture contest. If you develop mud-overload, you can chill out with beach volleyball, paragliding and wind surfing on the white sand of Daecheon Beach.
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