On July 18th we ventured off to the western shore of South Korea to Boryeong. The main purpose of this trip was to experience the famous Boryeong Mud Festival. You’re probably wondering what the heck a mud festival would consist of, and why we would want to go to such a thing.
The Boryeong Mud Festival is basically exactly as it sounds. It is a festival… with an abundance of mud. The festival consists of live music, raves, and concerts… different events and performances, massive crowds (with a very big percentage being expats or foreigners), and of course the central Mud Zone with slides and obstacle courses….all enjoyed while being as dirty as a fat hog in mud!
We went with a great group of people and organizers from The Big Chill, which is a bar located in Suwon, just south of Seoul. We departed by bus early Saturday morning and arrived at the festival by noon. Being new to the mud festival, just like most of you reading this… We didn’t exactly know what to expect either. All we knew was that we’d be getting muddy and inevitably quite sloppy whilst doing so!
When we arrived we quickly checked into our pension style hostel, got changed into our mediocre at best clothes, and headed towards the area we saw other muddy people walking from. The closer we got the muddier people were. Eventually we were right in the middle of it all; The Mud Zone. This is the area in the center of the festival which has the obstacle courses, sumo wrestling rings, and slides… just to name a few. Here there are many stores and restaurants available to grab a quick bite or some beverages.
The adult beverages flowing at this event are plentiful with beer stands set up almost every twenty meters. So, naturally we all hit up the first beer vendor we set our eyes on.
By this time… about 15 minutes into being in the middle of it all, most of us had already gotten a little muddy from other rowdy mud goers brushing shoulders walking, skipping, or jumping by. It was a day filled with mud, fun, and lots of bevys.
The paparazzi here is like nothing I have seen anywhere in my life. The amount of middle aged and senior citizen Koreans decked out with their very expensive, or expensive looking photography equipment is actually quite funny. They are everywhere you go. No matter where you are, what stupid things you’re doing, or who you’re talking to, you are likely being captured by some random photographer. Nothing to worry about though… After a few cold ones you almost don’t even notice them.
Things to Remember if you plan on going:
- Prepare to get dirty.
- Bring clothes and a bathing suit that you don’t hold dear to your heart. These things may get ruined and or stained.
- Make sure you bring a daypack or small waterproof pack to bring things with you to the mud. You could bring your money, cards, phone, etc if you wish.
- Smile for the paparazzi.
- Prepare to have a dirty and fun ol’ time!
The Boryeong Mud Festival was one hell of a time and it’s something that is highly recommended!