The Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon Beach, South Chungcheong Province, opens for 11 days of annual mud-themed madness on July 14 and runs until July 24.
The annual Boryeong mud festival in Korea is back again for the 15th time with its crazy mud wars and famed massages. It is held at the Daecheon swimming beach in Boryeong, nearly 200 kilometers southwest of Seoul.
About 2 to 3 million domestic and international tourists visit the beach during the annual mud festival, which is one of the biggest in Korea, according to the festival organisers.
The festival has been soaring in popularity over the years. Last year, it welcomed 2.26 million visitors, including 200,000 foreigners. This has generated over a 100 million dollars into the regional economy and hence gaining importance to boost Chungcheong region. This year's festival will be two days longer than last year's, while the number of events and programs has increased from 49 to 53.
Taking place throughout the 10-day festival are also fringe events such as mud wrestling, 'mud king' contest, mud sliding and fireworks displays.
Boryeong Mud Festival is a festival held annually in Boryeong, South Korea. The festival, started in 1998, was initially meant to promote the cosmetic effect of Boryeong mud flats, but recently it has grown to become one of Korea tourism highlight./.