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Korea’s International Summer Festival, Boryeong Mud Festival

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Boryeong Mud Festival

Immerse yourself in nutrient-rich mud at the 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-si, Chungcheongnam-do, a few hours ride to the southwest from Seoul. Daecheon Beach is the largest beach on Korea's west coast and is well known for its nutrient-rich mud that has health benefits for the skin. Welcoming thousands of international visitors every year, this year’s festival guarantees a variety of fun-packed activities along with lively events in celebration of its 21st anniversary from July 13 to 22. Don’t miss this opportunity to join in on the excitement of fun with mud as well as your chance to see K-Pop performances!

Exciting Mud Experiences

Visitors having fun at Boryeong Mud Festival (Credit: Boryeong Mud Festival Organizing Committee)

Boryeong Mud Festival is packed with unique and exciting mud-themed activities ranging from games to sports, arts and craft, and skin therapy. Head to the Giant Mud Bath located at the Mud Square and participate in recreational activities perfect for friends and families as well as pampering yourself with a mud massage. You can also enjoy crafting activities like making mud soaps and miniature character figures or take the challenge to pass through a mud maze as fast as you can. Make sure you get at least a bit of mud on you as soon as you arrive at the festival grounds or you'll risk being locked up in the Mud Prison with other "mud-less" visitors.

Boryeong Mud Festival Main Events
Period: July 13-22, 2018
Venues: Daecheon Beach Mud Square & Namgok-dong Mudflat Experience Site, Citizens' Tower Plaza, etc.
Mud Square experience hours: 09:30-18:00 (Area closed 12:30-13:30 for cleaning)
- Regular Zone: (Monday-Thursday) Adults 12,000 won, Teenagers 10,000 won (Friday-Sunday) Adults 14,000 won, Teenagers 12,000 won
- Family Zone: (Monday-Thursday) Adults 4,000 won, Children 9,000 won (Friday-Sunday) Adults 6,000 won, Children 11,000 won
* Boryeong Mud Festival venue is divided into the Regular Zone and the Family Zone. Most experience activities are available in the Regular Zone.
* Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Top Mud Festival Events

1 Mud Self-massage Zone

Mud self-massage experience (Credit: Boryeong Mud Festival Organizing Committee)

The Mud Self-massage Zone is the perfect first stop for timid visitors or the beauty-conscious. Boryeong mud is known to be rich in beneficial minerals that result in clean and radiant skin. Simply spread the mud all over your body and wait for about 10 minutes until the mud turns white before washing the mud off. Soothe your skin and wash away your stress at the Self Massage Zone!

2 Mud Slide

Mud Slide  (Credit: Boryeong Mud Festival Organizing Committee)

Enjoy a thrill ride into a pool of mud on the Mud Slide! Cover yourself with mud before going down the slide to pick up even more speed as you barrel down.

3 Giant Mud Bath

Mud Bath (Credit: Boryeong Mud Festival Organizing Committee)

The Giant Mud Bath is a huge mud pool where anyone can enjoy mud bathing under the sun, as well as participate in a variety of games. Jump into the giant mud bath and join in the fun!

4 Mud missions through All Sorts of Hardships

All Sorts of Hardships course (Credit: Boryeong Mud Festival Organizing Committee)

Engage yourself in numerous mud-themed games at the festival! In particular, don't forget to try All Sorts of Hardships, where you make your way through a narrow mud maze filed with obstacles blocking your path.

Entertaining Related Events

Visitors at the Street Parade (Credit: Boryeong Mud Festival Organizing Committee)

If you need a break from all the action, relax and enjoy entertainment events like the Mud Footsal Champion tournament, Mud Tram, Muddy Mob, enjoying mud packs, the mudflat mini marathon and more!

◇ Related Events
Mud Footsal Champion
Period: TBD (One day during festival period)
Venue: Daecheon Beach (Citizens' Tower Plaza area)
Description: Small-scale footsal tournament and experience
Mud Tram
Period: July 13-22, 2018
Venue: Mud Square <-> Citizens' Tower Plaza
Description: Tour the festival grounds on the Mud Tram
Mudflat Mini Marathon
Period: 10:00 July 21, 2018.07.21 (Free; first-come, first-served registration)
Venue: Namgok-dong Mudflat Experience Site
Description: Mini marathon racing across the natural mudflat

Night Events full of Youthful Exuberance

PSY performance at Boryeong Mud Festival (Credit: Boryeong-si)

Enjoy the cool, breezy atmosphere of the festival's nighttime events after a full day of festivities. Held at the Daecheon Beach Mud Square Special Stage, nighttime events include the opening ceremony, Firework Fantasy, exciting Hip Hop Rave Party, World Skin Beauty Pageant and closing ceremony. This year, performances from top idols like PSY and IU at the opening and closing ceremonies are expected to hype up the audience.

◇ Nighttime Events
Opening Ceremony & K-POP World Concert
Period: 19:00 July 14, 2018
Venue: Special performance stage
K-POP World Concert Hip-hop Rave Party
Period: 20:00 July 21, 2018
Venue: Special performance stage
PSY Celebratory Performance
Period: 20:00 July 16, 2018
Venue: Special performance stage
Closing Ceremony & K-POP World Concert
Period: 21:00 July 22, 2018
Venue: Special performance stage
More info
Boryeong Mud Festival 2018
▶ Period: July 13-22, 2018
▶ Venue: Daecheon Beach and neighboring downtown areas
▶ Transportation
• Train
Yongsan StationDaecheon Station
(Total travel time: Approx. 2 hr 40 min / First train 05:35 / Last train 21:40)
• Bus
* Seoul Boryeong (Daecheon)
- Central City Bus TerminalBoryeong Bus Terminal
(Total travel time: Approx. 2 hr 10 min / First bus 06:00 / Last bus 21:50)
- Dong Seoul Bus TerminalBoryeong Bus Terminal
(Total travel time: approx. 3 hr to 3.5 hr / First bus 06:40 / Last bus 19:30)
* Boryeong (Daecheon) Daecheon Beach
From Boryeong (Daecheon) Bus Terminal, take a local bus bound for Daecheon Beach. Get off at Daecheon Beach Bus Stop. (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.

▶ Boryeong Mud Festival website: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
▶ Language Interpretation Service during festival period
English: +82-10-5438-4865 / Japanese: +82-10-2888-3471 / Chinese: +82-10-2031-2270
▶ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

* This column was last updated in June 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official website before visiting.