K and I headed off to the Boryeong Mud Festival on the weekend. This is the 11th year and it gets bigger every year. Last year it attracted over a million tourists. The festival goes for a week but we went to the opening weekend. We drove up with some Native English teachers from Miryang. Getting there was interesting - we were fine until it was time to leave the expressway. How many English teachers does it take to read a map?! It was a long way with over 5 hours of driving each way but mud + sun + beer + rock (that every self respecting Westerner knows) + good company = a great time.
Unfortunately I left my camera at home and resorted to taking photos with a disposable jobby - I really missed zoom and focus. Oh well, here are some photos:
yay we finally get there and the first thing we do (after tracking down a carpark and our hotel) is get muddy
Kim's so cute!
It was a real family affair too
ahhh, beers on the beach - actually I'm such a grandma I crashed not long after taking this photo
sleeping Marae stylz
last mud effort before going home
I really missed my zoom, you can hardly read the sign.... sigh Okay, now for a juvenille moment - wtf, penis fish - really I had never heard of them before. Apparently they taste like rubber bands.
UPDATE: there has been a few questions regarding the mud and it's properties, it is supposed to be good for the skin, this is from korea.net
It has been confirmed by a group of scientists that Boryeong mud brought in from the tideland of Gungpo-ri of Boryeong is abundant in minerals, including germanium and bentonite, some of the major ingredients for cosmetics. Mud itself is known to stimulate blood circulation, slow the aging process and cleanse the skin overall. Enjoy this mud while you can, since the festival is the only venue for free access of the luxurious stuff. At other times, the mud is strictly limited to be used for the cosmetics industry in the region.
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