Sunday, November 7, 2010

BORYEONG MUD FESTIVAL, SOUTH KOREA

The Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual festival which takes place during the summer in Boryeong, South Korea. The first Mud Festival was staged in 1998 and, by 2007, the festival attracted 2.2 million visitors to Boryeong.

The mud is dug up near Boryeong, trucked to the Daecheon beach area, and dumped at a 'Mud Experience Land'. The mud is considered rich in minerals and used to manufacture cosmetics.

Some of the final weekend participants are foreign tourists, and especially American Soldiers, but most of the participants during the week are Koreans, attracted by clever marketing by the town. The town fathers and mothers discovered that the mud is more lucrative as a tourist attraction than using the muddy fields for agriculture. The economy generated from the festival supports the many hotels and restaurants along the waterway and several blocks inland. There is also a great deal to see and do in the vicinity and a free tourist bus takes visitors to local sites, including an impressive coal mine and a famous Buddhist shrine.

Boryeong Mud Festival took place from July 17-25, 2010.















































































































































































22 comments:

SG said...

Thanks for the wonderful pictures. Appreciate your sharing them with your readers.

Manoj K said...

greetings for the festive season.

pictures and info tell a lot more.

Ria said...

Eeks these ppl surely hav some weird sense of having fun!

Valerie said...

I've heard that mud is good for the complexion but I could NEVER try it out. How do those people get clean after their mud baths? Wouldn't water just makes the mud worse?

nsiyer said...

Seasons greetings. Babli. Nice pics and I think this town has a unique business sense.

Arshad Ali said...

bably jee,
wonderful pictures..wonderful post..
UNIQUE and INTERSTING.

dr.antony said...

Aftr so long!
Belated Diwali wishes.Very intereting post. Marketing is the key to success these days. I have seen mud being sold in bottles,from special places,like the Dead Sea, saying it has cosmetic value.
Thanks for bringing unique posts.

चैतन्य शर्मा said...

wonderful pics... Belated Happy Diwali

Tomz said...

thats cute

Rajesh said...

What a way to have fun. Back to childhood.
Wish you Happy Deepavali.

BK Chowla, said...

Isn't it a crazy thing to do?

Bikramjit said...

fun time is here it seeeeeeeeeeeemssss :)

what fun i can remember when we were young we would put all this mud on our bodies and jump in the river come out and put some mud and let the sun dry it up and again jump into water .. it used to be fun

डॉ॰ मोनिका शर्मा said...

crazy pictures.... thanks for sharing

Jeevan said...

Interesting babli! I heard somewhere about this festival and no anything on it. The picture shows how much fun involves in playing with mud. We usually do that in childhood by taking the dug up clay mud from roadside and do things with that.

Trotter said...

Hi Babli! Long time no see...
Too much mud for my taste... ;)

Blogtrotter Two has moved to a new country and actually to the most populated city in Africa. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

M VERMA said...

oh~ so amazing and nice pictures

Margaret Cloud said...

Oh my gosh, that is so much mud, but they look like they are having a good time.

Rahul Singh said...

वास्‍तव में अनूठी और रोचक.

Destiny's child... said...

What fun! :D

Sharodindu said...

Why we don't have this festival here in India? It would be very attractive for those kids who still never mind to spend hours after hours in football ground during monsoon :)
thanks for sharing :)

R Sudhir Kumar said...

As always, trust you to find something unique and intersting and you will spring one up, Amazing talent. loved it

Jarlin Paul said...

Yes, back to childhood :)