Boryeong Mud Festival

The Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea is perhaps the dirtiest annual event in the world, in the most wholesome way possible. This festival is all about playing in the mud!


Festivals are a great way to have fun when you are free from school and work duties. It’s the perfect way to release some stress before getting back to your daily routines.

Maybe because we are constantly having to worry about how presentable we look, there is nothing that grants more satisfaction and moments of small happiness than some dirty fun! Let us be honest here, you can even be fifty-three years of age, as soon as you get your hands dirty you will act and feel like a four-year-old again. That’s exactly what the Boryeong Mud Festival is all about.

When and Where

Boryeong is a city situated in the South Chungcheong Province, west coast of South Korea. With just a little over 90.000 inhabitants, the city is famous in Chungcheong area for having both idle and busy beaches, all with amazing views and great for family and kids. Although it is not usually o the spotlight when people think of fun things to do any time of the year, Boryeong holds one of the biggest festivals in Korea and in the world: the Mud Festival (보령 머드 축제). 

Yes, you read it right, we are talking mud in here. Since Korean summer is so hot and humid, we might as well use it as an excuse to get down and dirty and have fun in the most unique way. 

Boryeong Mud Festival was created in the 1990s with the intention of promoting products made out of the city’s mud and its richness. Going strong to this day and getting bigger at each occasion, it happens every single year from mid-July to August, gathering people from all over Korea and international tourists too! It is the opportunity people have to unleash their inner child and also get enormous benefits from the natural mud whilst playing. 

Boryeong Mud Festival Zones

Although the messy and muddy pictures of the games from the mud zone are by far the most popular, they are not the only entertainment from this festival. Believe me when I say there are A LOT of activities related to mud that you can relish. Here is a list of the main events from the festival:

Experience Area

Here you can go through the most variable mud activities to help you soak up the health benefits of Boryeong’s mineral-packed mud. Here you’ll find mud massages, large mud baths, mud mob scenes, color mud, a mud air-bounce – the list goes on. There are so many fun ways to take care of your body!

Special Exhibition Events

This area is actually quite unexpected. Here you will see the photo exhibition of the festival from previous years. There is also an exhibition for cosmetics with the main ingredient of, you guessed it, mud! There are also other things here, such as the Festival Character Goods.

Boryeong Mud Festival Special Events

Muddy Events

Continuing the list of creative things related to mud you never thought existed, are the festival’s special events.

While some come to enjoy the mud, some actually come to work with and study mud. The Global Mud Festival Forum, World Mud Skincare Contest, and even a Mud Cosmetic Academic Seminar are held during the Boryeong Mud Festival. If you attend these events, you can learn all about the business of mud and all the crazy things it can do for your skin and body.

Night Time Events

Let’s just say that after having a day of dirty fun and learning more about mud than you ever wanted to, the night events are the icing on the cake!

Mud never sleeps! This festival has events around the clock. Each night you can expect different events including the Mud Rock Festival and even a hip-hop rave mud party! Plus, you can expect surprise performances from some of the biggest names in Kpop.

Getting Ready

With all of the attractions mentioned above, it is not hard to guess that a lot of people want to attend the annual festival. So, if you want to also have the experience you will have to prepare things in advance. Buying tickets for special activities and also booking places to stay can be really hard if you don’t plan ahead. Be sure to book everything in advance.

The price of the tickets varies a little bit depending on which activities you want to participate in. But, most don’t cost more than 14,000 KRW and they are divided into Standard and Kid Zones.

The Boryeong Mud Festival is definitely worth a visit at least once in your life. No matter your age, I can guarantee you will have the time of your life!

For further information, you can enter visit the festival’s official website by Clicking Here. They are prepared for foreign visitors, so you shouldn’t have any problems even if you don’t speak Korean. Go there and have fun!

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