Picture this: Gigantic pools of gray mud that look surprisingly inviting, massive playgrounds fit for children and adults alike, and grand beachside parties that last till midnight. That’s Boryeong Mud Festival for you.
Perhaps South Korea’s most iconic summer celebration, Boryeong Mud Festival began in the late 90s as a local effort to promote the city’s prized mud, which is believed to contain skin-healing properties. Today, it is one of the world’s most sought-after festivals, drawing in attendees by the thousands annually.
If you’re ready to get down and muddy, here are the things you should know if it’s your first time experiencing Boryeong’s biggest party:
Book Your Ticket In Advance
There’s no better way to kickstart your Boryeong Mud Festival adventure than by booking tickets in advance. Countless tour groups are being arranged around the world yearly just for this fest, but if you want to cut some costs and DIY trip (which will always be the most exciting way to go), then you may purchase discounted tickets right here!
Know The Venue and How To Get There
You will find the main site of the mud fest at Daecheon Beach, a beautiful resort that boasts a 3.5km-long stretch of fine shell powdered sand and, of course, mineral-rich mud that’s essential in making the festival happen.
The best way to get there is by taking the KORAIL. Simply board the Saemaul or Mugunghwa train to Daecheon Station and you’ll be in Boryeong in just a little over two hours! For your convenience, you may purchase your KORAIL Pass online—it’s a lot cheaper that way, too!
Boryeong’s Mud Square is not a place to flaunt a flashy #OOTD. You’ll get all mudded up here, in case that hasn’t sunk into you yet. So don’t wear your favorite pieces of clothing and accessories on your chosen day. To give you an idea, most attendees wear bathing suits, sportswear (like what you’d slip into for your workout), or tees and shorts they wouldn’t feel bad about tossing into the bin once the party’s over. For your feet, you can wear flip flops (make sure they won’t snap off) or wet shoes—whichever you have. You’ll be taking them off anyway before entering the play area.
Slather on a Good Layer of SPF
Sure, you’ll be covered in mud in no time once you join the festival, but that’s not enough an excuse to skip the sunscreen! Since Boryeong Mud Festival takes place in July at the peak of summer, protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun is a must. So pack your trusty sunscreen for your trip and slather on a good layer of SPF before you play.
Being part of the mud festival is fun, yes, but don’t forget to take care of yourself while you’re at it. Since it gets extremely hot in Korea during the summer months, make sure to drink water regularly. Do have a go at some local snacks as well to fuel your body.
Waterproof (er, mudproof?) Your Stuff
If you’re taking your valuables with you, see to it that you pack them in a waterproof bag to protect them from any potential damages. It would be smart of you to buy a small clear zip pouch for your phone and cash. Want to snap pictures for the sake of memory-keeping? You can do that straight from the transparent plastic pouch!
Get a Locker
Needless to say, you can’t head back to your hotel looking like a muddy swamp monster! Bring a fresh set of clothes and towels then rent a locker to store all the stuff you brought with you but don’t necessarily need in the Mud Square.
Check Out The Side-Events
Don’t channel too much of your time in the Mud Square! There are tons of special activities happening during the festival that are worth checking out—from parades to concerts. So go and explore the other zones at Daecheon beach!
Just Have Fun!
Well, isn’t this the whole point of attending the festival? Just have fun, make new friends, and collect unique experiences along the way!