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Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea

Do you feel that sometimes growing up gets the better of you? A child playing in the mud without a worry in the world is happier than a grown up in his plush condo. And I think that’s probably why the South Koreans love getting dirty in the mud.

What?

Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea

When?

July 17-26, 2015

So what exactly is this?

A festival that began in 1998, Boryeong Mud Festival celebrates the mineral-rich mud found near Boryeong, South Korea. A beauty product for some, an excuse to feed their inner child for others, Boryeong Mud means many things to many people. This muddy fest involves wrestling, sliding, photo contests, body painting and mud facials. This event takes place on the beach and attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Getting Dirty

Boryeong Mud Festival is a “mudelicious” blend of good times, happiness and exceptional photographs of the muddy people in the crazy mud wonderland. Families picnic under beach umbrellas and the under-30 crowd are the main partiers in this nirvana. There are a handful of competitive activities like the Mr. Mud Contest, Mud Wrestling, Mud Races and even a Mud Boot Camp. People can also choose to lounge and laze on the beach, pampering themselves with out-of-this-world mud facials and body paintings. And though showers are aplenty, rinsing off the gooey grey mud in the ocean is all the more fun.

Celebrating the muddy affair!

Although the mud is the show-stopper of this muddy show, Boryeong offers a remarkable entertainment line up as well. Pop and hip-hop performers from around the world provide an electric soundtrack to the muddy madness. The opening and the closing night fireworks are inarguably mind blowing but the week-long cultural extravaganza is just something else.

The South Koreans believe that all are one under the mud and the most distinctive point of this festival is to create a united place where people from all over the world come together, meet and break down walls of age, nationality and race while having fun and making new friends.

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Shriya Chitnis Shriya is a 17 year old commerce student and a German enthusiast. Being the animal lover that she is, she also has innate love for sports and plays Basketball at the state level. An avid reader and unknown to the world of writing, she is now venturing into these unchartered waters with vigour and gusto.