17.07.2010 - 18.07.2010 80 °F
I decided I was going to attend the Mud Festival in Boryeong, Korea before I even arrived in Korea. Mudfest offers many different activities, basically anything mud. They had mud wrestling, mudfights, mud-sliding, a mega mud pool, a mud training course, swimming in the huge mud tub, mud painting, fireworks, and of course mud massages.
I found out later that this festival attracts the largest number of foreigners compared to any other Korean festival. So needless to say, I met a lot of foreigners, mostly other teachers.
The first mudfest was in 1998 because of mud cosmetics, which was invented/established from beach mud gathered from the plain near the Daecheon swimming beach. Mud is said to be very beneficial for the human body. This use was promoted via Mudfest along with advertising sightseeing in Boryeong City. Deaecheon Beach is a shell-powdered beach, which I learned is only found in Eastern countries.
CNN's coverage of the 2010 Mud Festival
My boyfriend, Derek, and I drove to Mudfest Saturday morning. We met up with Nick, Ashley, and some other friends living in Korea. The morning started out cloudy and rainy, but once we arrived, nothing but warm sunshine. The beach was amazing. So beautiful and refreshing. We walked the beach and explored all of the mud festivities.
Nick and Ashley on the mudslide
Cameras were everywhere! We felt like Britany Spears. Haha.
There were a few concerts on the beach as well.
After we got nice and muddy and took a swim in the sea to rinse off, we just socialized on the beach until sunset.
As nightfall approached, I was feeling more than a little sandy, muddy, and unfresh. I couldn't wait to get to the hotel we were staying at off the beach to shower and eat. Too bad for me, there was a nice long line for the shower since 8 of us were sleeping in one hotel room. After our pizza and rest, we went to the top floor of the hotel to chat over some drinks. About 15 of us gathered in this private lounge. It was nice and cozy.
After a few hours there, we ventured out to check out the city's club scene. The cover charges were quite pricey, but we danced and such until the bright hour of 7am the next day. We all woke up to housekeeping knocking on the door at 11am informing us it was check-out time. We all very slowly walked ourselves around the city until Derek and I decided it was time to drive home, back to Anyang.
What a mudtastic, beachy weekend!