Monday, July 13, 2009

Escape from Routine Life with an Experience in Mud

This weekend, the majority of our Gangseo SLP crew packed up our bags and headed about two hours south west Seoul to the biggest party in the country, Boryeong Mud Festival. It is a huge festival that takes place every year to promote tourism and to raise awareness of the skin care properties that the mud near Boryeong Beach is famous for. This year marks the festival's 11th year, and it grows in popularity with each passing year. The festivals slogan for this year was Escape from Routine Life with an Experience in Mud, and that's exactly what we planned to do.

Saturday was our main event, and we planned to look as much like these MudFest Mascots as was humanly possible. I think we did a fairly good job, but so you don't have to take my word for it, here's a little bit of photo evidence.

As far as I'm concerned, that is mission accomplished. Due to the muddy nature of the event, the only pictures that I have of us are once we arrived back at the hotel once everything was all over. Pictures of the actual goings on would have been amazing, but not worth ruining my camera. Some of the other girls had the foresight to bring disposable cameras however, so more pictures will be coming.

Apparently Koreans also thought that we were doing a fairly decent job of covering ourselves in mud, because people were snapping our pictures left, right and center. We were even interviewed on Korean TV!

There was a lot of this to be seen:

As well as a lot of this:

There were mud slides, mud wrestling, mud baths, coloured mud for painting, and even stalls selling beauty products made from mud. We only got to really experience it all on Sunday due to the torrential rains that kept us inside the hotel on Sunday until we could go home, but it was a great weekend experience.

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