Boryeong Mud Festival is the biggest event on the West Coast of S. Korea, for two weeks Daecheon beach is filled with locals and tourists who love to play in the therapeutic mud.
Once a year on a long stretch of warm sand – the biggest beach on the west coast of S. Korea (3.5km) the town of Daecheon hosts the Boryeong Mud Festival, loads of mud is trucked from the surrounding area to create a mud-wonderland!
The mud which is imported from the Boryeong mud flats is believed to be rich in mineral composition and is also associated with many other health benefits. The festival was initiated by a cosmetic company in 1998 to promote the health benefits of the mud to the thousands of visitors to Daecheon beach.
If you can’t make it to Korea but want to try it your can order the Real Boryeong Mud in Korea Mask Sheet and try it out!
Boryeong Mud Festival
This festival is popular with Koreans, Westerners from other parts of the world and American military members who are posted throughout the Korean Penisula, annually over 2.2 million people visit the festival during its ten day run at the end of July.
We decided this year to walk down the beach and see what all the hub-bub is about and we were not disappointed.
If you want to participate in the actual mud activities, you pay a fee and are issued an armband. This allows you access to the slides, water obstacle course similar to Wipeout, human hamster balls, mud wrestling, mud races, Mr. Mudd contest and more!!
See the Mud Festival from all directions, watch our video here:
If you don’t want to get muddy there is still much to see and do at the festival. While I had heard rumors of it being wild and crazy—let me just say it is the very G rated version of America’s spring break. We saw lots of small children there and there is even a train to ride that will take you from one end of the boardwalk to the other.
Walking among the stalls we tried a Korean Hotdog, and there is always a kebab stand and other Korean street food available.
Mudfest drew the Korean Indians who were performing their dances and playing their instruments they usually have a jewelry stand close to them selling leather goods and dream catchers.
Performers and Games
There is a huge stage set up on the beach with local performers and lots of games (again G rated) for adults to participate in—don’t expect a Miley Cyrus like display on stage- at least during the day. Contests, singers, and various other festivities.
If you want some mud but don’t want to immerse yourself in it there is body painting available with the mud as well as acupuncture and beauty treatments utilizing the mud. On the last day of the festival, there is a huge fireworks display so if you want the best of the festival the last weekend has the most to do.
Other activities on Daecheon Beach
If you are not into Mud but still want to go to the beach, I highly recommend Daecheon Beach. There are so many things to do on this beach, it has something for everyone! One block inland is a very cool area to play carnival like games and win prizes as well.
Thrill Seekers—look no more there is a zip line! Depending on the tide you zip along above either the water or the sandy beach. The zip line is fairly long and when you arrive at the other side a golf cart conveniently carries you back to the base. There is a place to eat on one level and you can sit outside and watch the people zip along above you!
Moderates– you can rent a sky bike and pedal around the end of the beach area while the zipliners zip over you! They have jet skis that will pull you around on a banana type inflatable device or a large round tube.
Chillers: Rent an inner tube and just drift on the water, tubes are available at the local G25 as well for purchase. There are also kayaks you can rent if you want to put forth a little more effort in the water!
Super Chillers: If you want to do absolutely nothing set up a tent like we do and watch the fun on the beach! Don’t forget to load up on best sellers on your NOOK before you go!
The best thing about this beach is the many bathroom facilities and the boardwalk which feature many restaurants with tanks of seafood to choose from.
GS25’s are frequent along the street in case you forgot anything or need water gear.
Any day on the beach is a good day, all the other attractions and festivals just add to the fun!