What is it about the mud festival, which just finished this last Saturday in Boryeong? I see it mentioned in Seoul magazine as one of the highlights of the Korean cultural calendar, on the Seoul Selection website, and this week it’s been in the Chosun Ilbo and on the Yonhap site. Is it really a “traditional Korean” festival (albeit only 8 years old), or is it something dreamed up as an opportunity for foreigners to make fools of themselves (and for men to sneak a quick peek at all the female flesh on show)? The reason why I ask is that all the publicity images I see are of white people thinking it very funny to undress and roll in the mud: I don’t see any jolly Koreans behaving like two year olds. Can anyone help?
Update 14 June 2007 – if you check out the official Boryeong website, you find lots of Koreans looking silly too. The English language media only seem to show foreigners being silly. There are even more Koreans who seem attracted to this bizarre event. More photos in today’s post here.