Getting down and dirty in South Korea

Things get a little dirty at the Boryeong Mud Festival.
Things get a little dirty at the Boryeong Mud Festival.
A woman takes off her goggles for a quick break from all the mud.
A woman takes off her goggles for a quick break from all the mud.
About 2 to 3 million domestic and international tourists visit the beach during the annual mud festival.
About 2 to 3 million domestic and international tourists visit the beach during the annual mud festival.
The festival aims to promote the use of mud for cosmetic skincare, and hey, mud wrestling is always fun too!
The festival aims to promote the use of mud for cosmetic skincare, and hey, mud wrestling is always fun too!
The mud is transported to Daecheon beach  from the Boryeon mud flats.
The mud is transported to Daecheon beach from the Boryeon mud flats.
There's always time for selfies.
There's always time for selfies.
The festival is in its 16th year now.
The festival is in its 16th year now.
There's nothing like a little good-for-the-skin mud wrestling.
There's nothing like a little good-for-the-skin mud wrestling.
There's nothing like a little good-for-the-skin mud wrestling.
There's nothing like a little good-for-the-skin mud wrestling.
Tourists wash off the mud at Daecheon beach after the mud festival.
Tourists wash off the mud at Daecheon beach after the mud festival.

Every year, this little town 190 km southwest of Seoul, South Korea, becomes a tourist hot spot.

Attracting about 2 to 3 million domestic and international visitors, the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach is an annual event that aims to encourage the use of mud for cosmetic skincare and promote tourism in the region.

The festival runs from July 19-28, but it is most famous for its final weekend.

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