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The Boryeong Mud Festival: is this your idea of a good time?

It’s getting to be that time of year again. The adverts are in Seoul magazine; Robert Koehler’s even written an article on it in June’s issue (I wonder if he actually experienced it first hand?). And it’s one of the more popular search terms which land people at this site.

But before you book your ticket for the Boryeong Mud Festival 2007, think a little bit about what’s on offer:

A slimy military fitness bootcamp:

Boryeong Bootcamp

A compulsory 10 mile run across the mudflats before breakfast

Squelchy steeplechase

Public incarceration and humiliation (and no breakfast) for the person who comes last

Boryeong Mudfest Jail

Strange torture devices

Torture device

Inmates are forced to fight each other for the amusement of others…

Other amusements include a zombie beauty parade

Muddy zombies

Many visitors are traumatised by the experience

Mime artists

At the end of your stay, provided you complete all the activities satifactorily, the organisers guarantee your physique will be world class

Body builders

And while the guys are showing off, there’s a creche for the kids


and make-up classes for the girls

And, strangely, people seem to enjoy the experience

Mud Slide

and end up making new friends

The end

If all this takes your fancy, the Boryeong Mud Festival runs from 14th to 22 July at Daecheon Beach. It takes all sorts.


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