Foreign tourism in Korea has grown in impressive amounts during the past decade. Korea has been steadily becoming a favorite tourist destination, due to its beauty and the popularity of its culture. Korea has also been making sure their tourism is is well-promoted with the use of events and festivals.
One festival that has been gaining a huge stream of foreign visitors is the annual Boryeong Mud Festival in Daecheon Beach, Boryeong. Held during the summer, the festival attracts more than 2.2 million visitors every year and was conceived originally to promote mud cosmetics. The mud cosmetics are created from the Boryeong mud flats that have been proven to be rich in minerals beneficial to the skin. Now, the festival is also famous for its fun-loving and relaxed setting.
True to it’s fun setting, the 9-day festival features events such as mudpool sliding which lets visitors take on a huge air-bounce slide and fall into a mudpool, prison of mud which imprisons ‘un-mudded’ visitors into a cell and bathes them with mud plus mudflat skiing that takes place on Boryeong’s mud flats where participants can enjoy skiing on mud slopes. The culmination of the Boryeong Mud Festival is the final weekend,also full of fun activities ending with a fireworks show, where more people come and attend to.
Dae Cheon Beach is the main venue for the Boryeong Mud Festival. Known for its white sands that stretch over 3.5 km, the Dae Cheon beach is located in Korea’s west coast of Chungcheongnam-do province. It is a popular tourist destination, where tourist can also take a cruise on its serene waters. Mud is taken from the Namgok-dong Mudflats and trucked to the beach to create a venue for the Boryeong Mud Festival events. Special events are also held in the Namgok-dong Mudflat, where participants are sent to during its duration.
Now on its 14th year, the Boryeong Mud Festival has proven to be a successful tourist attraction. At the same time, mud cosmetics have been distributed and have proven its benefits from all corners of the world.
Date: July 17 - 25, 2011
Venue: Dae Cheon Beach and Namgok-dong Mudflat, Boryeong, South Korea