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[Korea festival] Boryeong Mud Festival


The 17th Boryeong Mud Festival will be held from July 18th to 27th at Daecheon swimming beach. There are many events such as mud wrestling, mud king contest, mud fireworks fantasy and mud sliding.



How does the sleepy little beach town Boryeong attract millions of people to it’s shore every year? The secret is in the mud. An annual festival celebrating the benefits of mud cosmetics has brought this city to the world stage. Every summer millions of people flock to Boryeong city swelling the towns population of a scant 100,000 to millions.

A birds eye view reveals the beauty of the area. It also provides perspective of how amazing that a small town like Boryeong could host one of the biggest festivals in South Korea.



The annual Boryeong mud festival helps bolster the local economy and there is constant construction. Each year the number of attendees grows and the beach front develops. Using mud gathered from the pure plain near Daecheon beach the city invented seven different kinds of cosmetics. The mud is high in Germanium and Bentonite which provide significant benefits to the human body. Time and again the quality of the mud cosmetics have been proven by prominent research institutions, including: Korean Research Institute of Standards and Science, Korean Research Institute of Chemical Technology.



In 1998, the festival started as a platform to bring awareness to the public of the quality of Boryeong mud cosmetics, and the many local sightseeing destinations. This tiny local festival has come of age and has grown into a world event, easily one of South Korea’s biggest festivals. Every July, the beach from end to end becomes obscured by the sheer number of festival goers.


Boryeong Mud Festival has been held at Daecheon swimming beach. There are many mud massage programs available: (Self massage at the Beach, Ultramodern mud massage) and Mud Experiential Land program that uses mud powder made through the processing procedure; more explicitly it is mud that is gathered from pure plain and then had all of it’s impurities removed. There are many fun events such as mud wrestling, mud king contest, mud fireworks fantasy and mud sliding. There is also a photo competition in which past members have come in first place. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous the Ziptrek team offers survival games, zipline rides, and more. On the mudflat there is also the chance to participate in Marine style training. These activities combined with the number of places to go sight-see provides fun for the whole family. As this festival continues to grow and develop we hope to see you there, it is definitely a once in a lifetime event and every year is unique and special.



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In tribute to a millennial tradition you are cordially invited to Korea’s annual Lotus Lantern Festival which will definitely lighten your hear and brighten your world.

The festival will kick off on from April 25th to May 11th in Seoul

Organized to celebrate the Buddha’s coming into this world, the month-long Lotus Lantern Festival will pack its most highlighted events into three days on April 25~27.


International Seon Center Templestay @Yangcheon-gu

Templestay is a cultural experience program that enables participants to experience firsthand the 1700 year old Korean Buddhist culture and traditions at a Korean temple. Traditionally templestays are held in the remote Buddhist temples in the mountains surrounded by nature, but the International Seon Center is located within the city, so the benefits of resting your weary body and mind can be achieved closer to home!

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Maple Homestay @Bukchon

Maple Homestay is located in the Bukchon, Seoul. House was fully renovated in a modern design 3 years ago. It is very clean, warm and nice view from top floor garden. I’m sure that you can feel as like you are at home.

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SNUG Studio @Insadong

When visiting Seoul, it’s all about location! It is a cozy, bright and safe studio flat nestled in the heart of Seoul, very close to Insa-dong. You will have your own self-contained space in a central location to rest and relax after a hard day of sightseeing.
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iStay @Gangnam

iStay is located in a convenient area of Gangnam, Seoul. Here you can relax comfortably without any interruption because this house is surrounded by the luxury residential neighborhood. It is on the 2nd floor. There are 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a living room and a kitchen which is equipped with everything.

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Always Like Home @Gangnam

“Always Like Home” is located in center of Gangnam, Seoul city and surrounded by some of the city’s best tour spots & nightlife and food stalls. Best location (Just 5 min from subway station & airport bus stop), comfortable and clean.

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[Seoul Festival] Yeon Deung Hoe / Lighting Lantern Festival / Lotus Lantern Festival

April 25~17, 2014 (Fri~Sun, 2558 Buddhist Era)

Vicinity of Jogye-sa Temple, Seoul, South Korea



The Yeon Deung Hoe is a traditional Korean folk festival that began in the Goryeo Period (918 – 1392) as the Lotus Lantern Assembly (Yeondeunghoe) and continued in the Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1910) as the Lantern Celebration (Kwandeung-nori). According to Buddhist beliefs, the act of lighting a lotus-shaped lantern will light up the dark parts of one’s soul. By doing this, the evil and flawed parts of one’s soul are stripped away leaving only a clean slate to start anew. Lanterns are also lit to dispel the darkness that is in the world, symbolizing one’s hope for a wiser and more compassionate society.




In tribute to a millennial tradition you are cordially invited to Korea’s annual Lotus Lantern Festival which will definitely lighten your hear and brighten your world.

Organized to celebrate the Buddha’s coming into this world, the month-long Lotus Lantern Festival will pack its most highlighted events into three days on April 25~27.

There are hands-on experiential programs and performances to sing and dance along with, as well as parades and exhibitions to see. Most programs are family-oriented, so bring your families and loved ones and immerse yourselves in the festival’s spiritual ambience and energetic togetherness which you won’t be able to experience anywhere else.

On the night of April 26, more than one hundred thousand lotus lanterns will light up the Seoul night. The majestic parade of lanterns in unimaginable shapes and colors will bring the hearts of both participants and spectators together as one.



Festival Information


Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns

Please come see the meticulously crafted and exquisite lanterns made of hanji, traditional handmade Korean paper made from mulberry bark. Each lantern tells its own story with its warm, cheerful light.

ㆍApril 25 (Fri) ~ May 11 (Fri)

ㆍVarious places such as Jogye-sa Temple & Bongeun-sa Temple

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Lotus Lantern Parade

Hundred thousand Lotus Lanterns brighten the heart of Seoul!

Behold a brilliant ocean of light from the countless handheld lanterns and the grand ornate lantern floats in the festival’s main attraction. Not to be missed.

ㆍApril 26 (Sat) 7:00 ~ 9:30 pm

ㆍBegins at Dongdaemun and proceeds to Jogye-sa Temple, along Jongno Street

(Subway Line 1, 3, 5 Jongno 3-ga Station / Line 1 Jonggak Station or Jongno 5-ga Station)

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Hoehyang Hanmadang

Following the parade, participants and spectators come together to end the festivities in a spirit of dedicating one’s merits to others. Buddhist entertainers put on a show and the audience gets into the act, dancing hand in hand. Fondly called the ‘Flower Party’ by foreigners, it is a joyful night with a rain of flower petals from the sky climaxing the festival.

ㆍApril 26 (Sat) 9:30 ~11:00 pm

ㆍJonggak Intersection (Subway Line 1 Jonggak Station)

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Traditional Cultural Events

Experience firsthand traditional Buddhist culture and festivities!

One hundred exhibits will line the street in front of Jogye-sa Temple.

Visit the various booths to make lotus lanterns, create Buddhist art, try temple food and play traditional Korean folk games. There are also booths introducing the Buddhist cultures of Tibet, Mongolia and Southeast Asia. Do not miss this experiential event, a favorite of the festival!

ㆍApril 27 (Sun) Noon ~ 6:00 pm

ㆍStreet in front of Jogye-sa Temple (Subway Line 1 Jonggak Station / Line 3 Anguk Station)

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