Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Boryeong Mud Festival - Good Clean Fun

It's party time, as participants dance in the mud at South Korea's Boryeong Mud Festival.

You might think playing in mud is a children's game. That's just not so at Boryeong.

An estimated 2 million people from around the world converge on Boryong City, each of them ready to come clean and leave dirty.

When the festival began, in 1997, its aim was to promote Boryeong's mineral-rich mud used in skincare and beauty products.

Most of the Boryeong Mud Festival festivities are held at Daecheon Beach, where it's bikinis galore.

Boryeong City has less than 100,000 residents, and the nine-day festival pumps an estimated $53 million into the local economy.

Think beach volleyball is tough? Try slathering yourself in mud for a game at Boryeong.

The magnitude of the festival is now staggering. An estimated 2 million people come for the nine-day festival, and they play in 200 tons of Boryeong City's mud.

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