I am by most definitions of the word a pig. I live in a messy apartment where dishes pile up in my sink with frightening speed, and empty bottles will remain in my room for weeks, begging to be recycled. I believe the “five second rule” for eating food on the floor is far too short, and that simply putting in deodorant can suffice as a substitute for a morning shower. So it is only natural that I made the pilgrimage to the Boryeong Mud Festival, which seems to be a foreigner rite of passage in South Korea.
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Mudfest, one of the most famous summer events in Korea, is an attraction to both Koreans and foreigners. Held annually over the span of two weekends, this festival of mud is a must-see if you're teaching English in Korea in the summer. It is held in the city of Boryeong (or Daechon), and it is about two and half hours by train south of Seoul. The city is known for the natural mud flats. According to my friend Wikipedia, this festival was founded to promote cosmetic products made with the mud, since it's said to be full of minerals. I haven't seen much of a change in my skin after playing in the mud, but it was another excuse to play around in it.