Getting Messy at the Boryeong Mud Festival

Every July, Korean locals and the entire expat community flock to the beaches of Boryeong for one of the muddiest, messiest festivals in the world.

Since I moved to South Korea last August I have been waiting for this weekend to come. The Boryeong Mud Festival did not disappoint!

Although rolling around in mud was a good time, the real fun was on the five hour bus ride to Boryeong. When we got on the bus at 8am, our tour leader welcomed us with soju breakfast punch. And so the partying began bright and early. It got pretty rowdy in there!

Endless rounds of drinking games left us in a giggling mess. By 10am I was already buzzing.

Stumbling off the bus in the afternoon, we dumped our bags at our beachfront apartment, changed into our bathing suits and began our quest for some slimy mud.

The festival was held at Daecheon beach. The entire area was packed with people enjoying the sun, sand, adult beverages and most importantly, MUD.

We finally discovered the mud park and excitedly hopped in. Inside, our choices were endless. There were massive mud slides, obstacle courses, mud pools and more. I felt like a giddy child again while slathering myself in the grey goop.

After we got our fill of mud, we hopped in the pool and washed ourselves off. As we were leaving, we saw this man decked out in crusty blue mud and knew we had to get a picture with him!

Haha, some random guys jumped in our picture too. I loved the laid back and party atmosphere here.

That evening, we continued to get our drink on. I wish I brought my camera out because the night was filled with more friends, soju, ridiculous drunken antics, fireworks and much more.

Heres a few snaps from a friend early in the night though. I guess I got pretty engrossed in some deep conversation after a few bottles of soju.

Photo Credit: Tom Oakes

And as the night went on, we somehow got to a club which was practically empty. We didn't mind though, it just meant more dancing space for us!

Photo Credit: Tom Oakes

The next morning was rough. After lazing around in our apartment for most of the morning, we cleaned ourselves up and feasted on a hungover brunch at Popeyes Chicken.

Just look at those cajun fries and biscuits! I'm practically drooling all over again.

For those of you who don't understand my love and obsession for Popeyes Chicken, I will explain. Popeyes Chicken was my very first job when I was 15. I worked with a bunch of my close friends, the boss was a chilled out guy and I LOVED the food (I'm not the most healthy person in the world).

Sadly, all the Popeyes Chickens in Vancouver closed down years ago so whenever I see one abroad, I go crazy and get my fill of fried chicken, cajun fries and buttery biscuits.

Once the food coma set in, we decided to spend the rest of the day hanging out at the beach.

Before we knew it, it was time to head home and say goodbye to Boryeong. :(

If you're ever in Korea during the summer, you MUST visit Boryeong and experience the mud festival. This past year, the festival lasted almost two weeks from July 18 - 28. For more information on the festival and for directions on how to get to Boryeong, click here.


I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

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