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Kiwi in Korea 11 - bloody muddy, bloody great

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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The event looks fun..... lol, but not sure about the muddy part. =)
over 12 years ago
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Hehe....there's actually a fish called penis fisn?
over 12 years ago
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gosh! are you sure they're fishes?
over 12 years ago
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looks like tons of DIRTY FUN.. heheeeee
over 12 years ago
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OMG! That's hilarious. Think I need to wiki this! haha
over 12 years ago
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Did the mud do any good for any part of your skin? Looked like a fun event.
over 12 years ago
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look so funny ... hehehe ^__^
over 12 years ago
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what is that (>_<)
over 12 years ago
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this is a really nice blog. so interesting. have never seen anything like it. though this is a dumb question, where does the mud come from? korea is so enchanting. it's just so damn clean, isn't it?
over 12 years ago
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Glad you guys had a fun time together.
over 12 years ago
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oh wow... haha. 5 hours to get there, eh? ;) glad you guys were able to find it and have a great time. must've been happy memories... i've never been to one before.
over 12 years ago
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hahaa... sure is muddy, huh? hahaa... the muddy look reminds me of the local show called "Wipeout" hahaa...
over 12 years ago
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Now I've seen everything....group mudfest orgies and dick fish. I'm suddenly not very hungry for breakfast....
over 12 years ago
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What sign? Haha.
over 12 years ago
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5 hrs. is a long drive but at least you made it. Looks like you had a bunch of fun there. Pardon my ignorance but was there something special about the mud? Did it have therapeutic properties?
over 12 years ago
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pretty good shots for a disposable camera!
over 12 years ago
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oh,penis fish is theie real name?
over 12 years ago
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yeah,i have the same question ,where the mud come from?
over 12 years ago
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Mud Festival, huh? Like a day at the spa in a mud bath? :) Have fun!
over 12 years ago
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It's pretty colorful :))
over 12 years ago
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JS
cool picture. This looks like so much fun.
over 12 years ago
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JS
seriously?!?...It's so handy being a vege sometimes :D
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Yeah, mud is good for the skin. There is a town just a littble over an hour from San Francisco that provides mud baths and massages. The town is full of visitors all year round.
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OMG the fish!!! Poor men, things are always getting named after their privates...or is it the other way around.. Anyway, looks like a great festival. After a day of mud &amp; fun &amp; a few beers I'd have crashed big time lol. You made it thru till dark, kudos to you!!
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I love the irony of cleaning yourself by getting dirty. ;-)
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This is weird
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Fun time! Glad you enjoyed yourself.
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oh my goodness...penis fish. lmao. the mud looks like lots of fun!!!!!
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Looks like Korean Woodstock. Any nekkid hippies there?
over 12 years ago

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