Mud Fest!!!

This past weekend we jumped on a bus with some friends (19 to be exact!) and made the two hour trek south to Boryeung for their annual mud festival. Our friend Jungmi booked us the bus tickets and made a reservation at a local 민박 (min bak), a place for us to crash at the end of the day.

This festival is basically a great excuse to cover yourself with therapeutic mud and lie on the beach. We were able to do both – it was awesome!

After spending the first day covered from head to toe in mud, we rinsed off in the ocean and headed off to a Korean sauna (the one described in this article is pretty swanky… ours was just four different baths and a sauna room)- basically a public bathhouse. It turned out that we were the only ones there (there were 21 of us, almost equal numbers of boys and girls which made Jeff happy!) We stripped down (in our separate areas) and enjoyed the hot and cold baths and the sauna. This was not our first time visiting a bath house, but it was definitely fun! There’s always that initial discomfort that comes with walking around naked with friends and strangers, but eventually you get over it and it’s not a big deal. It was a nice way to finish off our lovely day at the beach!

Later on in the evening Jeff ate three ice creams and we watched a beautiful display of fireworks over the water – they were amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever seen fireworks that were so big!

On Sunday we headed back to the beach for a few hours before our bus left. We played frisbee, and were challenged to a soccer match by some Koreans (we won!). Well, I say we, but I really mean Jeff and some of the guys and Jess and Hilary! I threw myself into the water and worked on my sunburn – oops! Needless to say it was an amazing weekend full of good friends and a beautiful beach. It’s been so hot these past couple of weeks that it was really nice to get out of Seoul and to be by the water.

It was wonderful to spend time with our friends this weekend. It’s really sad to think that our time in Korea is coming to a close. We have 5 weeks left before we leave this country and head off for our next adventure! We’ll certainly miss the friends we’ve made here, luckily we’ll still have our memories!

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~ by dawseng on July 14, 2008.

3 Responses to “Mud Fest!!!”

  1. […] fireworks of Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year!) in Beijing. We’ve played in the mud at Boryeong, and we’ve explored Soraksan, a beautiful (but wet) mountain on the east coast of Korea. We […]

  2. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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