Boryeong Mud Festival: Let's Get Muddy

by Korea Tourism Organization
Stripes Korea
Immerse yourself in nutrient-rich mud at the spirited Boryeong Mud Festival, one of Korea’s most popular summer festivals! The festival takes place on Korea’s west coast at Daecheon Beach in Boryeong of Chungcheongnam-do, a few hours ride to the south-west from Seoul.
The festival began in 1998 to promote Boryeong as a tourist destination and has since grown to become a major festival well known throughout the nation and abroad. This year, the festival celebrates its 18th anniversary with a range of lively events set to take place from July 15 (Friday) to 24 (Sunday), a total of 10 days.
Daecheon Beach, the venue of the festival, is the largest beach on Korea’s west coast and is famous for clear waters, ideal for swimming, and an array of water activities to enjoy. The area is also well known for its nutrient-rich mud that has health benefits for the skin. During the festival, you’ll get more than your share of refreshing mud as you pamper yourself with mud massages and enter the mud pool. Thanks to its unique theme and energy-charged atmosphere, the Boryeong Mud Festival is one of the most popular Korean festivals among international residents and tourists.
Schedule of Activities
Dates:  July 15(Friday)-July 24(Sunday), 2016
Location: Daecheon Beach Mud Square & Namgok-dong Mudflat Experience Site
Mud Square Experience (Fees applicable)
hours: 09:30-18:00
Admission: (Mon-Thu) Adults 10,000 won, Teenagers 8,000 won / (Fri-Sun) Adults 12,000 won, Teenagers 10,000 won (Cash and credit cards are accepted.)
Top Mud Festival Events
At the Mud Festival, there are so many fun and unique mud-themed activities that you might miss out on if you didn’t do your research beforehand. Read on to learn more about the mud beauty therapies and other highlights of the festival! 
Mud Self Massage Zone
The Self Massage Zone is the perfect first stop for timid visitors or the beauty-conscious. Basins of mud can be found all along the beach. Simply reach in or use a brush to spread the mud all over your body and wait for about 10 minutes until the mud turns white before washing yourself off in the ocean. The mud is said to be very good for your skin, so feel free to repeat the process as many times as you like!
Mud Pool Slide
Quick Tip - If you cover yourself with mud before going down the slide, you’ll pick up even more speed as you barrel down into the mud pool at the bottom!
Giant Mud Bath
Jump in the giant mud bath and join in the muddy madness!
Schedule of Side Events
If you need a break from the festivities, sit back, relax, and watch the Black Eagles Show with Korean Air Force, Mud Mine Character Performance, or performances by the Mud Festival mascots Muddori and Mudsuni.
The Mud Festival even has free cultural programs in which visitors can try a ‘Folk Music Experience’ by playing the traditional Korean drum ‘buk’, the double-headed drum ‘janggu’, and the gong.
Black Eagles Show with Korean Air Force
Date: July 16 at 15:50-16:40 / July 17 at 10:50-11:30
Location: Daecheon Beach near Mud Square
Description: Special Flight Squadron of 53 Air Force Black Eagles team celebrating the opening of Boryeong Mud Festival.
Mud Mime Character Performance
Dates: July 15 - July 24
Location: Areas of Mud Square
Description: Various characters of mime performance using colored mud.
Street Parade
Dates: July 16 / 14:00
Course:Boryeong Culture Complex → Gyeongnam 4-way Intersection → KumKang Shoe Store →  Myeongmundang 4-way Intersection → Woori Bank  → Hannae Bridge → Dongdae 4-way Intersection → Wonhyeong Rotary Park
Location: Downtown areas of Boryeong city
Description: Guard fife and drum band play, nanta, hula dance, street performance, and more.
Schedule of Nighttime Events
Enjoy the cool, breezy atmosphere of the festival’s night events after a full day of festivities. Night events, held at the Daecheon Beach Mud Square Special Stage, include “Mud Fireworks”, Korean Air Force’s Musical Band performance, closing ceremony and many more.
Opening Celebratory Performance & Fireworks Fantasty
Dates: July 16 / 19:30
ocation: Special Stage set on the beachside, Daecheon Beach
Korean Air Force Military Band
Dates: July 17 / 20:00-22:00
Location: Special Stage set on the beachside, Daecheon Beach
Closing Ceremony
Dates: July 24 at 20:00-22:00
Location: Special Stage set on the beachside, Daecheon Beach
Boryeong Mud Festival Guide
Yongsan Station→ Daecheon Station
(Total travel time: Approx. 2 hrs 40 min / First train at 05:35 / Last train at 20:35)
* Seoul → Boryeong (Daecheon)
- Central City Bus Terminal (Honam Line) → Boryeong Bus Terminal
(Total travel time: Approx. 2 hrs 10 min, First train at 06:00 / Last train at 21:50)
- Dong Seoul Bus Terminal → Boryeong Bus Terminal
(Total travel time: approx. 3 to 3.5 hrs / First bus at 06:40 / Last bus at 19:30)
* Boryeong (Daecheon) → Daecheon Beach
From Boryeong (Daecheon) Bus Terminal take a local bus towards Daecheon Beach→ Get off at Daecheon Beach (Total travel time: Approx. 35-min)
** Transportation Tip: During the Boryeong Mud Festival period, there is a bus that departs from Seoul Central City Express Bus Terminal and goes directly to Daecheon Beach.
Foreign Language Interpretation Services During Festival:
English: +82-10-5438-4865 / Japanese: +82-10-2888-3471 / Chinese: +82-10-2031-2270
Learn more about:
Boryeong Mud Festival, Daecheon Beach
Website: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


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