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Add on these essential items for your trip to MudFest. The last thing you want is not to be able to take pictures because you're worried about your camera getting dirty! And we all know how hard it can be to find decent-sized towels in Korea, so get one especially for MudFest. Also, don't be fooled..the mud doesn't protect you from the sun...sunscreen is required! Delivered straight to your school or place of business.
What is Mudfest?
Great question! Mudfest is an annual event held in Boryeong, on the West Coast of Korea. It is held at Daecheon beach. The mud in that area is said to have special properties that make for healthier skin. There are lots of products made by this special mud.
In order to promote the Daecheon beach area mud, Boryeong city started a festival where they would bring in mud for people to experience for free. Somewhere along the way, some foreign teachers started to attend the festival. Apparently, foreign teachers and others in Korea love the idea of painting themselves with mud, jumping into a mud bath, and sliding down a mud slide, or taking their chances with some mud wrestling.
Before long, word got around that this is THE festival to attend for anyone here teaching or living in Korea. It is certainly a unique event that will be memorable as one of the best times you had during your stay in Korea.
Now, it could be argued that there are probably more foreigners that attend the festival than there are locals. Going to the Mudfest is almost like returning to a beach back home. Well, except that everyone is covered in mud and drinking Cass from the Buy The Way.
The Mudfest also features live entertainment, contests, fireworks, exciting nightlife, and all kinds of other surprises.
As for sleeping arrangements, almost everyone stays in MinBaks, which are a kind of Korean homestay. Originally, they would be rooms that people would rent out of their place or above their restaurant etc...These days, MinBaks seem to be closer to a hotel or Korean condo-style of place. They are usually very clean and well taken-care of. The main thing to note is that the sleeping is Korean style and that means on the floor with a kind of blanket/mattress pad. It really isn't bad since it's only usually for one night and after a day of playing in the mud, it's not hard to get to sleep. Photos here.
What to bring on your trip to Mudfest:
-Extra pillow if you feel more comfortable with your own
-Water-proof bag for your camera/stuff if you can find one
-ARC and insurance info just in case
Tips for maximum enjoyment of the Mudfest:
-The mud doesn't work as sunblock. Don't be fooled!
-Bring footwear that you are comfortable wearing, and comfortable getting dirty
-Paint the mud on, rinse, repeat
-Let loose and have a great time. Feel free to go up and talk to anyone.
-Be good representatives of the foreign community. Don't throw garbage on the ground, don't break any bottles, don't be obnoxious to the locals. Have fun, but be in control.
-Don't bring alcohol from outside into a bar or restaurant.
-Respect that the locals are putting on a big event and we all come and terrorize them for a week and leave a mess. Try to do your best to show them that we appreciate them hosting the Mudfest.
Refund Policy: We can provide a 100% refund for the trip up to four weeks before departure. After that point, we have to commit to the number of rooms and buses and thus can't provide a refund. No refunds on the MudPak.
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