If you are someone who enjoys spending time among all that nature has to offer, South Korea has something unique for you – Mud Baths. The Boryeong Mud Festival is a week-long festival, organized in the month of July and is the country’s biggest attraction for global tourists. It takes place in Boryeong, a town around 200 km south of Seoul.
The mud is trucked to the Daecheon beach area, which is also referred to as the ‘Mud Square’ when the festival is in full swing. The festival has something for literally everyone – from air shows, concerts and mud wrestling to more relaxing experiences like massages and mud baths. If you like to party all night long, there are EDM parties are a part of the deal as well.
Entries for people with people with disabilities travelling with a guardian, babies and senior citizens are free and otherwise, a one-day pass for an adult will cost 10,000 won (one won = 0.06 Indian Rupee, this conversion might change with time).
However, if you find yourself cringing at the thought of mud baths, here’s a fun fact – mud baths all around the world are said to have healing properties. People who have experienced it, swear by its healing and rejuvenating qualities.
South Korea is not the only country which can boast of the healing properties of its mud. There are other options as well. There are mud baths in Dalyan, Turkey that consist of swimming pools full of mud to swim in, and then another body of water to cleanse.
If you are in search of a geothermal experience, Rotorua in New Zealand offers two natural mud pools, both in Te Puia where temperatures reach 90° C. According to Scott Zhang, sales and marketing manager of the Wai Ora group, their Hell’s Gate spa alone sees over 70,000 visitors through the year.