This article is written by a resident reporter of Chungcheongnam-do. It may differ from the official views of the Chungcheongnam-do provincial government.
▲ Boryeong Sea Mud Exhibition, held until August 15, at Daecheon Beach, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do.
Although everyone is tired due to the hot and humid weather, which came earlier than usual, everyone is happy with broad smiles despite their clothing being
stained in mud and soaked with water.
I visited Boryeong Sea Mud Exhibition (Boryeong Mud Festival), which reopened for the first time in three years due to COVID-19.
The 25th Boryeong Mud Festival started on July 16 and will be held for 31 days until August 15 under the theme of ‘Rediscovery of Oceans, Future Value of Muds’ at Daecheon Beach, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do.
▲ Sculptures of Boryeong Sea Mud Exhibition.
The most popular spot in the festival is Mud Experience Zone, with various amusement facilities.
Seven indoor exhibition halls where the exhibitions are held offer many things to see and enjoy ina cool air-conditioned atmosphere.
You can visit these exhibition rooms and then move to the Mud Experience Zone.
I am afraid you may catch a cold if you visit exhibition halls with wet clothes.
▲ Visitors washing mud off bodies at the Mud Experience Zone.
The Mud Experience Zone has a General Zone and a Kids Zone.
Visitors take off their shoes andenter the zone with excitement, anticipation, thrill, and wonder.
As you enter the experience zone,you will enjoy being covered with mud and water all over your body.
Visitors were plastered from head to toe with mud and were all smiles.
Regardless of nationality, sex or age, domestic and foreign visitors can enjoy the festival together.
▲ Taking a picture near the sculptures of the Boryeong Sea Mud Exhibition.
The most popular game is ‘Mud Play’.
Two teams search for white and black stones hidden in extra-large mud baths.
Local citizens and foreigners who did not know each other a moment ago form a team and enjoyfinding stones with mud water over their bodies.
▲ Boryeong Sea Mud Exhibition Mud Play participants are combing mud for stones.
▲ Teams who won in the Mud Play game at Boryeong Sea Mud Festival pour mud over the other team.
▲ At Boryeong Sea Mud Exhibition, Mud Play participants pour muddy water over competing teams.
‘Muddy M’ is extremely popular among young visitors as they can dance to the music with cool water pouring over their heads.
The fervent dances of foreigners look like those seen at a dance competition.
The Sea Mud Hall displays 562 species of organisms from the coast of the West Sea at Chungcheongnam-do, in a cube-shaped biodiversity repository and offers a large aquarium displaying the marine environment whereorganisms in mud flats, such as sea cucumbers, sea squirts, and small octopi live.
▲ Main Hall and Sea Mud & New Industry Hall.
▲ Main Hall, where visitors can touch and experience marine organisms
Visitors can experience a large carbon dioxide absorption device to learn that the blue carbon ecosystem can take in and store carbon dioxide at a pace 50 times faster than a green ecosystem.
▲ The Blue Carbon Experience Hall where visitors can experience the absorption of carbon dioxide by the marine ecosystem.
The Sea Mud & New Industry Hall offers information on new marine industries.
84 domestic and foreign firms are conducting marine technology promotions and marketing activities.
It also operates an on-tact promotion zone with an online platform.
The Sea Mud Experience Hall allows visitors to experience jobs in the marine industry and take part in 17 programs using mud, such as underwater diving, underwater drone piloting, mud massage packs, and industrial diving equipment.
These programs are popular as they are rarely experienced in our daily life.
▲ Marine Leisure & Tourism Hall, Sea Mud Experience Hall
▲ Sea Mud Experience Hall’s industrial diving expedition and an underwater drone.
The Sea Mud Experience Hall displays boats, yachts, camping cars, and camping supplies from Chungcheongnam-do and 15 cities and counties promote tourist attractions.
▲ Marine Leisure Hall’s yachts experience.
The Marine Mud Video Hall hosts a light and art festival through the VR version of beach waves using cutting-edge media.
A story of the unlimited values of Boryeong mud and the sea is introduced.
▲ Video Hall’s immersive content experience.
The Regional Product Hall operates 34 booths for agricultural and fishery products produced by the15 cities and counties of Chungnam province.
Visitors can try and buy items at lower prices.
Invitational performances about traditions and stories of culture and arts institutions of the 15 cities and counties are held at 2 o’clock daily.
Various events where visitors can participate are held.
▲ Regional Product Hall’s homemade beer. Visitors can try it for free.
▲ Regional Product Hall
▲ Regional Product Hall offers various events for promotion.
The Marine Mud Wellness Hall operates a reservation system that receives a limited number of visitors daily.
Free healing programs include mud atopy therapy (30 minutes; 200 persons a day), marine yoga using Tibet’s traditional singing bowls (1 hour; 40 persons a day), and a mud foot spa (20 minutes; 600 persons a day).
The three characters of the Boryeong Mud festival are KUNI, the intelligent leader of the Boryeong expedition, secret agent ZARI, and activist TONI are at every corner of the exhibition and festival to greet visitors.
▲ Boryeong Sea Mud Exhibition characters, KUNI, ZARI, TONI
Admission tickets to the Boryeong Mud Festival can be used for discounts at 15 popular tourist attractions within the Chungnam province, including Boryeong-si Gaehwa Park, Daecheon Zip Trek, Largo Farm, Michin Seogak Village, Solcham Pottery Craft Workroom,Sky Bike, Experience Children, National Top Paragliding, Daecheon Paragliding, Asan-si Pinnacle Land, Buyeo-gun City Tour, Cheongyang-gun Goun Botanical Garden, Yesan-gun Agro Land, Taean-gun Nature World (light festival), Anmyeondo Maze Park, and Farmkamile.
In addition, the Boryeong Base Golf Resort and Fantasy Sea Resort offer discounted accommodations.
▲ Boryeong Sea Mud Exhibition offers resting facilities for visitors.
Various academic conferences are held during the event to present the bright future for the oceans and mud industry.
The Marine Mud and Wellness Conference is held on July 27 and 28 at the Boryeong Mud Theme Park Conventional Hall to present marine industry policies and cases and discuss the present and future of the mud industry and the develop ment of a sustainable marine wellness industry.
The Festival Industrialization International Seminar will be held on July 22 to discuss the long-term economic effects and future direction of the mud festival, and the 8th Pan Yellow Sea Forumwill take place on August 4 to seek future directions of the Pan Yellow Sea region.
▲ Boryeong Sea Mud Exhibition offers various free performances.
If you have not decided where to spend summer vacation, why don’t you come to Daecheon Beach, where the Mud Festival is taking place?
We look forward to seeing you here!
▲ Guide to the exhibition halls and sites of the Boryeong Sea Mud Exhibition