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Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Boryeong July 18th 2010

Boryeong is known for it's mud. Mud you ask? Yes, mud! And, they have an annual mudfest known worldwide to celebrate the natural qualities of their famous mud! There are also many skin products sold throughout Korea that are made using Boryeong Mud. Now, a little history on how this Mudfest came about. In order to promote the Daecheon beach area's 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. As it turns out, the foreign teachers love the idea of painting themselves with mud, jumping into mud pools, sliding down mud slides, and/or taking their chances with some mud wrestling. Before long, word got around that this is THE festival to attend for anyone ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Boryeong May 23rd 2010

Hey all, another week has passed. It was a bit rainy here most of the time but there were a few glimmering days of Minnesota-like summer weather. I went out to lunch on Monday with the plant president at OCI which was pretty cool, he's the #1 guy in the Gunsan plant. We dined at a Japanese restaurant near my school. I ate some raw fish (Wae) which is just eaten dipping in some kind of sauce. There was tempura shrimp as well. The best course was some big pieces of raw tuna, they were served very cold (almost frozen) and I wrapped them in some dried seaweed and dipped in some sort of oil. It was a very unctious taste, quite good. Lastly we ate some cold soba noodles. It was so funny when the ... read more
Ghetto Rappers
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Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do October 31st 2009

My crazy-packed end-of-October weekend started off with an early trip to the Dongbu Intercity Bus Terminal in Daejeon Saturday morning. Since our first tour (Chungju) with Adventure Korea left from Seoul, it didn't make sense to meet them in Seoul first thing Saturday as the city of Chungju was closer to Daejeon. It took 1.5hrs to get to Chungju from Daejeon. Chungju is a city in North Chungcheong province, South Korea. Its flower is the Chrysanthemum, its bird is the Mandarin Duck, and its tree is the Apple Tree. Did you know? Chungju is famous for its production of apples. The principal reasons being because of the large amount of daylight received and high different in temperatures. Once we arrived at the city, we took a taxi, which drove through a beautiful winding road with autumn-coloured ... read more
Gosu caving
the 3 Weird Rocks & us
Julia and I at Seokmun

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Boryeong July 29th 2009

Hi everyone! I hope you are all well and trying to enjoy the summer despite the unfortunate bout of Toronto weather I heard about. So about two weeks ago Jonathan and I went to an EPIK reunion. It was held in Seoul at the Olympic Parktel. Olympic hotels are a little creepy minus the Olympics. We went to a performance called Jump. Its was a comedy combined with martial arts. At one point they brought Jonathan on stage and made him do some somersaults and such. I tried to film it but I was asked to stop immediately for some reason. Later that night a bunch of us went to the Zebra bar (Real name -Juju bar) that we had frequented during our orientation. It was a real full circle moment. We had a lot of ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Boryeong July 25th 2009

Summer is in full swing and what better way to enjoy some sun than at the beach. Annually Boryeong, some two and a half hours by train South of Seoul, holds a mud fest. Yes, an excuse for just about every westerner in South Korea to hit the beach and get silly and’s a recipe for fun! 7:40 am, excitement at an all time high and time to taxi to the train station. We got lucky that our seasoned mud festing mates organised us train tickets so that we weren’t subjected to a gruelling 6 hour bus ride! Getting to the station was proving to be a little challenging though cause Megum is a little quiet at that time of the morning, in fact we had to knock on the window of a snoozing ajoshie ... read more
Welcome to boryeaong's Daechan Beach
Hayley and I
andrea and I


Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Boryeong July 20th 2009

Well this is the third year that we have gone to the "Boryeong - Mud Festival", last year I did not take any pictures because when we went a Typhoon hit the cost. This year it rained so hard the first weekend, it is monsoon season now, so we went on the last weekend, although it did not rain the entire day, it was very very windy. But it was still very fun seeing everybody covered in mud we also ate lunch at our favorite restaurant, it is a shell fish joint with a hole in the middle of your table were the put charcoal, a screen goes over it so you can cook your shell fish, we got mostly claims about eight scallops, this is an All-you-can-eat, we had four helpings, we brought our own ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Boryeong July 14th 2009

Months ago, things started popping up on facebook like, “Korean Mudfestival 1 friend is a fan.” More recently I’ve had conversations like, “Do you know mud festival? Very famous in Korea.” Even more importantly, sandwiched between Turkey’s Camel Wrestling Festival and the UK’s Cheese Rolling Festival, the Boryeong Mud Festival ranks 3rd on a London newspaper’s list of the url= ‘World’s Weirdest Festivals.’ I’m also proud to mention that the Testy Fest in Montana made the same list at number fourteen; I know the ridiculousness of that place too well, so we can only imagine what kind of sillyness Korean has in store for their version of the world’s weirdest! The Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual bash that t... read more
The center flags
Kiddy slide
Yeah... get in there

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do June 18th 2009

Hi! Here are a couple pics from our hike a couple weeks ago. I thought I'd put them up while I was at it. I hope you enjoy! ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do June 17th 2009

Hello!! So I have been pretty lazy on the blog front. I feel as if I have more photos than stories. Perhaps the photos will jog a story or two. So check out my photos for details. Gym day was tons o’fun. No class and loads of fun things to watch. I attached a video of a dance the grade 3’s and 4’s put on. The teacher who choreographed the routine is a good friend. You can see her in the bottom left of the video directing the kids. There was a grade 6 race where they had to pick up a piece of paper and do what the paper says before they could cross the finish line. For example, take someone’s left shoe. So they would have to borrow some ones left shoe and then ... read more
Me and the grade 3's
Han and a grd 3
Mr. Im (love this guy)

Hello again! So about a month ago Jonathan and I were taken to a national park on the coast of our province, Chungnam-do by Suk and Mi wa (Jonathan’s co teacher and old co- teacher, who we are now referring to as our Korean family). We had a jam packed day of fun stuff. We left at the ungodly hour of 6 am in order to beat the rush to this marine national park. The park was hosting a flower festival and it was all the rage. We got there at 8 and it was pretty busy. There were line ups to see flower exhibitions. I felt like we were at an amusement park. We quickly learned that all the cool flower displays were outside and as usual waiting in lines is for suckers. I think ... read more
Abandoned School
Taean Beach

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