Poryong Things to Do
For a week (middle of July every year), the town of Boryeong hosts a Mud Festival. The tradition only began in 1998, but it has caught on very strong. Hundreds of Koreans and nearly all foreigners who are living in Korea will make the pilgrimage for the festival.
There are mud wrestling pits, slides, obstacle courses, music concerts, beaches, swimming, etc. The mud in Boryeong is famous for the soft texture and is the focal point of the local health and beauty clinics and research centers.
The website below gives full details of maps, events, directions, accommodations, etc.
I've now gone to the Mud Festival twice (2007 & 2008). It is publicized and promoted as a waegook (foreigner) event. There were more than 15000 people visiting over this last weekend, about 90% of were foreigners (and ~70% between ages 22~27). It is less a festival and more an excuse to drink on the beach. Its a good time, but has no cultural value at all.Related to:
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In the middle of July every year on Poryong beach, the local...mud...company holds a mud festival. It is believed that the mud from this specific town has healing properties and is really good for the skin and the soul. Thus, there's mud wrestling, mud slides, a "mud jail" and a nearby beach for you to wash off in. Fireworks, drinking and dancing at night. A terrific time had by all. We all got good and dirty, just filthy with this "cleansing" mud, let it dry in the sun, and then when it started to itch, dove into the warm waters and rode the waves. What a blast! Perhaps not surprisingly, the ratio of foreigners to Koreans was disproportionately high. It was almost like the Koreans were standing around watching the foreigners get dirty. Of course, plenty of Koreans also joined the fun! The festival is free, so I'll see you in July!Related to:
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Poryong Warnings and Dangers
Every year the mud fest gets more and more expensive, book early if you want a hotel. For example the first year I went I booked two weeks in advance and found a room for $40. The next year, the same hotel offered their rooms for $80. The year after that the hotel was sold out six weeks in advance for $120.
Either book early, share a room with all your friends or don't plan on sleeping much.
Public showers are available during the festival times for ~$2.