Tickets & Dates: Boryeong Mud Festival 2019

Tickets & Dates: Boryeong Mud Festival 2019

Ready to join the fun? Book your 2019 Boryeong Mud Festival tickets and transfers here.

Image credit:  Jirka Matousek  |  CC BY 2.0

Image credit: Jirka Matousek | CC BY 2.0

The Rundown

  • The Boryeong Mud Festival is one of the biggest and most-anticipated events in South Korea.

  • Easily comparable to Brazil's Rio Carnival and Spain's La Tomatina in terms of scale, the Boryeong Mud Festival has all the activities that locals and foreigners enjoy.

  • Highlight of the festival is, of course, the Boryeong Mud, which is said to have more healing properties than the Dead Sea.

  • You can easily book your admission tickets to Boryeong Mud Festival and transfers from Seoul here.

  • Get dirty at Boryeong Mud Festival 2019 which will be held on the following dates: July 19-28, 2019

Also read: Visit Seoul: Travel Guide to Myeongdong, Itaewon, & More

Korea’s Boryeong Mud Festival: Event Information & History

Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual event that gathers locals and tourists from all over the world. It usually takes place in July or at the height of Korea's summer season in Boryeong, which is a nice coastal city in the South Chungcheong Province. The event is said to be one of the largest and most-anticipated events in South Korea, which attracts over three (3) million visitors who intend to have fun and cover their body with Boryeong mud. Festival mini-activities include wrestling, swimming, and sliding in mud. There's even a mud massage zone and mud jail where participants can soak up all the benefits of Boryeong mud flats.

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BORYEONG MUD FESTIVAL

A HISTORICAL TIMELINE

The first mud festival in Boryeong was held in 1998 to promote cosmetics that incorporates mud from Boryeong mud flats, which are rich in aluminum (promotes glowing skin) and germanium (improves skin contraction and skin elasticity). Over the years, the cause and popularity of the event had grown, attracting many Koreans, foreign travelers, and expats. Here's a quick historical timeline:

  • 1998: The first Boryeong Mud Festival was held (4-day event with 16 activities)

  • 2001: Boryeong Mud Festival became a week-long festival

  • 2006-2008: Recognized as the Best Festival in Korea by the Ministry of Culture Tourism

  • 2008-2010: Boryeong Mud Festival has become the Representative Festival of the Republic of Korea

  • 2011: Event designated as Honorary Representative Festival of the Republic of Korea

  • 2014: Over 329 million tourists with 280,000 international visitors were said to have visited the 17th Boryeong Mud Festival

  • 2015: Officially recognized as a 'Global' event

With such popularity,  Boryeong Mud Festival has been featured by various media organizations, such as NYTimes, CNN, CCTV, and Reuters, to name a few.


BUY YOUR TICKETS!

Interested to join the Boryeong Mud Festival 2019 run? Here are the tickets and transfers that you can conveniently book online:

🏷 ONLINE PACKAGE RATES for Boryeong Mud Festival 2019: ₱2,650-3,175 or $50.7-60.8, inclusive of entrance fees and transfers. Price vary depending on travel dates.

  • All Boryeong Mud Festival 2019 online packages, regardless of travel dates (weekday or weekend rates), come with convenient transfers, admission tickets, locker rental, and tour staff. Meals and insurance are not included.

  • Meet-up information (Seoul to Boryeong transfers):

    • Hongik Univ. Station, Exit 4

    • Myeongdong Station, Exit 2

    • Dongdaemun History Culture Park Station, Exit 10

Here are some customer reviews that we’ve found from the online booking page of Boryeong Mud Festival tour (reviews are from previous years):

‘…[Our driver] was extremely friendly… He knew the festival & area well and gave us a good explanation/tour on arrival.’

Boryeong Mud Festival Tour Review

‘[It] was really fun there, especially the water slide… fuss free especially transportation was provided, and [the] tour guide was really friendly too.’

Boryeong Mud Festival Tour Review

‘The trip was great~ I had a wonderful time at the mud festival :) the tour guide was friendly and helpful~ and it saved me a lot of energy and time [figuring] out how to get there~’

Boryeong Mud Festival Tour Review: Klook


Boryeong Mud Festival 2019: Event Information

Games at the Boryeong Mud Festival. Screengrab from  Klook

Games at the Boryeong Mud Festival. Screengrab from Klook

Boryeong Mud Festival 2019 will have a 10-day run from July 19-28. You can check out the specific event and program highlights per day here, but some of the highlights that you shouldn’t miss include:

  • Mud Village

  • Fireworks Display

  • K-Pop Concerts

  • Boryeong Mud Slides

  • Boryeong Mud Jail

  • Boryeong Mud Pits

  • Mini-marathon

Boryeong Mud zones where families, adults, and children can cover themselves in mud will be available daily.

Korea Trip Planning: Boryeong Mud Festival FAQ

Daecheon beach. Image credit:  Boryeong Mud Festival

Daecheon beach. Image credit: Boryeong Mud Festival

1. Where will the Boryeong Mud Festival be held?

Events will be held in and around Daechon Beach (or the Mud Square), which is located at 897-15, Daehae-ro, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do.

As noted on the official website, Daecheon Beach is a shell beach resort that’s famous for its moderate water temperature and gentle slopes. It has the mineral-rich Boryeong mud that’s effective for skin care and skin disease treatment.

2. If I’m not booking online, how can I get to Boryeong from Seoul via bus?

There are a couple of buses that can take you to Boryeong bus terminal. Whether you're coming from Seoul, Incheon, or Daejeon, you will find multiple bus services that can take you to the festival. Bus tickets are usually sold for an average price of ₩12,500 for adults (around ₱595 or $11) and ₩7,000 for children (around ₱335 or $6.2). Click here to find the schedule and bus types available.

3. If I’m not booking online, how can I go from Seoul to Boryeong via train?

You can take the Mugunghwa-ho or Saemaul-ho lines to get to Boryeong. You can easily reserve and purchase your tickets via Korail's website or any of the ticketing booths in Incheon Airport or Seoul Station.

However, if Boryeong would just be one of your many stops, we'd recommend buying the Korail Pass. It's a lot cheaper. Read more about the Korail Pass here or purchase it below.

4. Where to stay in Boryeong? What are the hotels and accommodations available?

Here are the hotel recommendations by the Boryeong Mud Festival organizing committee: Hotel Kakao Story, Hilling Pension, etc. Click here to view the property listings in the area from Airbnb.

If you don’t have an AirBNB account yet, you can sign up here via my referral code and get instant credits when you make your first booking.

5. What should I bring at Boryeong Mud Festival?

Clothing that can be considered disposable or discarded after the festival, fresh set of clothes for when you want to change, towels, flip-flops, shampoo, and waterproof pouch or bag (for electronic devices) are some of the recommended items to bring at Boryeong Mud Festival 2019.

6. What are the Korean food to try in Boryeong area?

Screengrab from  Boryeong Mud Festival  official website

Screengrab from Boryeong Mud Festival official website

When you’ll travel to Boryeong for its mud festival, don’t miss out on the following dishes that are considered must-try’s in the area:

  • Grilled Oyster Cheonbuk-Style (천북굴구이)

  • Blue Crab Soup (꽃게탕)

  • Webfoot Octopus (쭈꾸미)

  • Sashimi (회)

  • Grilled Gizzard Shad (전어 구이)

  • Grilled Jumbo Shrimp (대하 구이)


TIPS!

Image credit:  Hatography

Image credit: Hatography

  • It is said that some researchers found Boryeong mud to have more healing properties than Israel's Dead Sea.

  • Boryeong has been dubbed as 'mud capital.'

  • The event is similar to Brazil's Rio Carnival and Spain's La Tomatina. It's that huge.

  • Couples will enjoy the scenic and romantic Daecheon beach.

  • If you’re getting the online ticket and transfer combo for Boryeong Mud Festival 2019, do note the following:

    • After buying your Boryeong Mud Festival entrance tickets and transfers online, you will receive a confirmation email and voucher instantly after booking. In the event that you do not receive an email from Klook, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email.

    • Boryeong Mud Festival 2019 Itinerary: 19-26 July Tour

      • 6:30am depart from Hongik Univ. Station Exit 4

      • 7:00am depart from Myeongdong Station Exit 2

      • 7:10am depart from Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station Exit 10

      • 10:00am arrive at Boryeong Mud Festival (12:30pm-1:30pm break)

      • 6:00pm leave for Seoul

      • 9:00pm arrive at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station

      • 9:10pm arrive at Myeongdong Station

      • 9:40pm arrive at Hongik Univ. Station

    • Boryeong Mud Festival 2019 Itinerary: July 27 Tour (K-Pop Super Concert)

      • 6:30am depart from Hongik Univ. Station Exit 4

      • 7:00am depart from Myeongdong Station Exit 2

      • 7:10am depart from Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station Exit 10

      • 10:00am arrive at Boryeong Mud Festival (12:30pm-1:30pm break)

      • 8:00pm K-POP Super Concert

      • 10:00pm leave for Seoul

      • 12:30am arrive at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station

      • 12:40am arrive at Myeongdong Station

      • 1:00am arrive at Hongik Univ. Station

    • Boryeong Mud Festival 2019 Itinerary: July 27 Tour (Ending Ceremony & K-POP Legend Idol Special Concert)

      • 6:30am depart from Hongik Univ. Station Exit 4

      • 7:00am depart from Myeongdong Station Exit 2

      • 7:10am depart from Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station Exit 10

      • 10:00am arrive at Boryeong Mud Festival (12:30pm-1:30pm break)

      • 8:00pm ending ceremony (Firework) & K-POP Legend Idol Special Concert

      • 10:00pm leave for Seoul

      • 12:30am arrive at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station

      • 12:40am arrive at Myeongdong Station

      • 1:00am arrive at Hongik Univ. Station

    • Prices of the Boryeong Mud Festival 2019 tickets and transfer online packages apply to all ages.

    • Infants aged 0-2 can join the Boryeong Mud Festival 2019 tour free of charge as long as they do not require their own seats.

    • Kindly indicate your language preference upon check out

    • The Boryeong Mud Festival tour can accommodate up to 42 participants per group.

    • The activity is wheelchair- and stroller-friendly. Please indicate upon check out if you will be bringing any.

    • The schedules provided are for reference only and are subject to change depending on the traffic and weather conditions. However, the trip from Seoul to Boryeong and back will proceed despite the traffic or weather condition on the day of the trip

    • In cases of inclement weather, the activity may be canceled should it affect the operation of the Boryeong Mud 2019 festivities. The operator will send a notification via email regarding the cancellation a day before the trip and full refunds will be issued.

    • Insurance is not provided for those who will buy their Boryeong Mud Festival 2019 tickets and transfers online. It is highly recommended that you purchase your own insurance in case of emergency or accident.

  • How to get Boryeong Mud Festival 2019 tickets and transfers online?

    • Go to this page.

    • Select your preferred meet up location at checkout page.

    • Please arrive at the meet up location at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. No refunds will be issued for latecomers and no-shows.

    • In case of emergency situations such as failure to find the meet up location, please call the phone number that can be seen at the bottom of your voucher.

    • Please find your tour guide holding a banner and wearing a name tag as shown below.


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