Boryeong Mud Festival | Photo Essay

by Samuel on July 21, 2012

As I (Nomadic Samuel) boarded a train with Audrey (That Backpacker) I knew we were heading on a journey unlike any other we had previously experienced together in Korea.  Decked out in our ‘worst’ we were heading to an event where if we came back home looking anything less than covered in mud it would be an absolute travesty.  The Boryeong Mud Festival is a summer event in Korea where getting muddy, drunk and rocking out are served up aplenty.  As we boarded our train heading from Pyeongtaek to Daecheon we couldn’t help notice all the ‘other’ Waegooks (foreigners) on board.  We noticed one girl chugging down on a gargantuan sized bottle of vodka.  I’ve heard of chasing a bit of bubbly down before an event but this chug-a-thon was altogether in another realm that would set the tone for the entire day.

The event was a spectacular collision of drunken stupor, mud wrestling, pulsating music & raging hormones.  For a more comprehensive guide to the event check out my ‘sister’ Boryeong Mud Festival Photo Essay on Nomadic Samuel.  One of the funniest and random events happened while we were on our way back home.

A group of drunk foreigners in their early 20’s were wielding an enormous plastic red kayak paddle.  As I waltzed past these fine young specimens one of the guys boldly exclaimed, “Can I smack your ass?!?!” to which I replied “No, thanks.”  As I stuttered onwards one of the young lasses ripped the paddle  out of his hands chased after me  and gave me a really solid whack in the derrière.  It was too funny for me to be offended.  Audrey nearly rolled on the ground howling.  Sometimes it’s those quirky memories that burn a lasting impression in your memory.  I don’t think we’ll be forgetting that any time soon.

YEAH!  Are we having a good time or what?  A group poses during the festivities.

YEAH! Are we having a good time or what? A group poses during the festivities.

Two foreigners wrestle on the beach and one is clearing winning this match with a serious take-down.

Two foreigners wrestle on the beach and one is clearly winning this match with a serious take-down.

Two foreigners inside rubber floating rubs collide with one another in an attempt to knock the other down.

Two foreigners inside tubes collide with one another in an attempt to knock the other one down.

A group of Korean girls are toppled by the wave.

A group of Korean girls are toppled by a wave.

A lovely smile from a foreign lady posing for the camera

A lovely smile from a foreign lady posing for the camera.

Splish splash, a Korean lady is getting soaked in a water fight with her friend.

Splish splash, a Korean lady is getting soaked in a water fight with her friend.

A cute Korean girl wearing red glasses poses for the camera, flashes a smiling face and appears genuinely happy in the water.

A cute Korean girl wearing red glasses poses for the camera, flashes a smiling face and appears genuinely happy in the water.

Some friends enjoy a happy faces moment on the beach.

Some friends enjoy a happy faces moment on the beach.

Two Korean girls paint themselves with mud nearby Daecheon beach.

Two Korean girls paint themselves with mud nearby Daecheon beach.

A Korean man is buried in sand yet looks surprising chilled out and relaxed on the beach.

A Korean man is buried in sand yet looks surprising chilled out and relaxed on the beach.

A candid smile from a Korean girl wearing shades and rocking out to the bands playing at the stage.

A candid smile from a Korean girl wearing shades and rocking out to the bands playing at the stage.

A group of women cheer each other on as they dance during the Boryeong Mud Festival.

A group of women cheer each other on as they dance during the Boryeong Mud Festival.

Another shot depicting how much a of a good time many folks were having during the rock concert.

Another shot depicting how much a of a good time many folks were having during the rock concert.

These men were chugging beer, yelling loudly and dancing to the beats coming from the stage.

These men were chugging beer, yelling loudly and dancing to the beats coming from the stage.

Mud everywhere!  Some serious mud wrestling going on here.

Mud everywhere! Some serious mud wrestling going on here.

A candid expression of a man dressed like a Canadian lumberjack.

A candid expression of a man dressed like a Canadian lumberjack.

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Laurence July 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Looks like everyone is having an awesome time! Great shots 🙂

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Nomadic Samuel August 7, 2012 at 5:59 am

They sure were! Thanks Laurence 🙂

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Ada Lajara July 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Great photos! Interesting!! Did you join them or you just shoot photos? =))

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Nomadic Samuel August 7, 2012 at 6:00 am

I didn’t join as much as I would have liked (only got a bit muddy) but I was happy to capture the moments behind the lens. If I go back again it would be just to participate fully.

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Memographer July 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Ahhh! Such a great time! So many happy faces! Love this post! Can I smack your ass?

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Nomadic Samuel August 7, 2012 at 6:00 am

Hahaha, well apparently you wouldn’t have to ask permission if you were going to do so 😛

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Hogga July 25, 2012 at 2:50 am

These shots are even better! So close and right in it all!

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Nomadic Samuel August 7, 2012 at 6:01 am

Thanks! Can’t believe my camera survived all of it…LOL

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Vi July 27, 2012 at 6:20 am

Funny photo essay 😀 and really nice shots.

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Nomadic Samuel August 7, 2012 at 6:01 am

Thanks Vi! It’s really quite unique 🙂

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Diana Edelman July 30, 2012 at 6:44 am

As always, these images are simply amazing!

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Nomadic Samuel August 7, 2012 at 6:01 am

Thanks Diana 🙂

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Sam July 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Love the mud and water, frozen in action on the ‘splish splash’ and ‘mud wrestling’ photos.

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Nomadic Samuel August 7, 2012 at 6:02 am

Thanks Sam, the water and mud was flying everywhere! LOL

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Brock - Backpack With Brock July 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Looks like a very exciting time!

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Nomadic Samuel August 7, 2012 at 6:02 am

Truly was exciting!

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BlogDaz August 3, 2012 at 4:21 am

Superb photos Sam, looks like a fun festival form sure.

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Nomadic Samuel August 7, 2012 at 6:02 am

Thanks, it really was fun!

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Montecristo Travels August 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I can’t tell you how many times I tilted my head to the side and arched an eyebrow and thought WTF? only to laugh …. great photos!

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Nomadic Samuel August 7, 2012 at 5:57 am

LOL, it’s a bit of strange festival for sure. Glad you enjoyed the photos 🙂

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Jade Johnston - OurOyster.com August 4, 2012 at 12:34 am

haha the foreigners seems to be getting messier than the Koreans! 😛

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Nomadic Samuel August 7, 2012 at 5:56 am

They were 😛

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emma@greenglobaltravel August 4, 2012 at 10:07 am

These photos are fantastic – who would have thought rolling around in mud would be so much fun!

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Nomadic Samuel August 7, 2012 at 5:55 am

Thanks Emma! Indeed, muddy good times 🙂

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Angela August 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Lovely pictures, you give a good idea of movement!

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Nomadic Samuel August 7, 2012 at 5:55 am

Thanks Angela 🙂

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Calvin August 20, 2012 at 6:11 am

Aww, this sure looks fun. If I was you, I would have give my camera a rest and join the fun. The butt-smacking moment was suprisingly hilarious.

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Nomadic Samuel September 5, 2012 at 4:56 am

Hahaha…it was! Love those random moments while traveling even when you are the butt of the joke 😛

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Kyle Goes Global August 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm

These pictures are amazing! Cannot believe how well they captured the day’s activities! Looking forward to following along with your travels!

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Nomadic Samuel September 5, 2012 at 4:56 am

Thanks Kyle! It’s quite the festival 🙂

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