Boryeong Mud Festival is extremely popular and can be overwhelming especially for non-Korean speaking individuals. Luckily we have been a few times and can provide some insider tips which will hopefully be beneficial in ensuring you have a memorable time.
When should you go?
Although the festival runs for just over a week, the most people attend over the course of the last weekend of the festival. There are usually a number of extra events that take place over this weekend, such as a “rave” and a huge fireworks display.
Don’t rush into buying a travel group package!
The festival is extremely popular among the foreign expat community comprised of mainly English teachers and USA military personal. This makes it extremely popular for travel groups hoping to cash in on the foreigner migration to Boryeong.
Although these packages are great for meeting new people and can eliminate the admin of having to do all the booking yourself, they can sometimes be overpriced and more often than not, you will be bundled into a undersized room with people you don’t know.
If you do decide to go with a travel group, be picky about the one you choose. Don’t worry, they are not going to sell out in a day, as advertised! Also, try get a bunch of friends together and request to be grouped together.
Can you do it without a travel group?
Yes, you can, and it is not as difficult as it seems. We actually chose this option last year and we had a fantastic time.
Firstly, book your accommodation in advance as it is limited. You can use sites such as Agoda or booking.com. Or, you can contact the Tourism Board. We simply just got a Korean friend to help us find accommodation and a group of us shared a room in a pension.
Take a bus to Boryeong (보령). From Boryeong Bus Terminal, take a local bus bound for Daecheon Beach (10min intervals). Or catch a local taxi from the Boryeong bus terminal to Daecheon Beach for between 20 000 won to 30 000 won which can be split between a group.
Or catch a train to Daecheon Station. From Daecheon Station, take a local bus bound for Daecheon Beach or catch a local taxi.
Remember you will be getting wet and dirty so it is recommended to bring as little as possible. That being said, there are lockers you can rent for a small fee to store all your goodies, while you getting down and dirty. Based on our past experience, here is a list of essentials we think you should bring.
A plastic waterproof bag – These can be bought at the festival.
Money - To buy food, water and obviously some beverages to keep you hydrated.
Sunscreen – Although you might be covered in mud, the sun can still get you. Trust me!
Old clothes – Your clothes can get pretty dirty and sometimes even stretch, so bring clothes that wont leave you heart-broken if they get ruined.
Towel – Showers are provided and the beach is great for swimming.
Toilet paper – Toilets are provided but can get pretty messy later on in the day and toilet paper usually runs out.
What do we recommend?
Based on past experiences, I would arrive at the festival early morning, grab an awesome spot on the beach with locker and toilets close by. Hit the “Mud Arena” before the lines get long and the area becomes overcrowded. Stay hydrated and dance the day away. Once the day is over, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and be sure not to miss the fireworks display. Don’t be afraid to get dirty!