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Boryeong is a city in South Chungcheong Province, South Korea

Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon Beach, Boryeong City

Boryeong has been referred to as Manseji Boryeong, because people have the blessed life for generations as respecting the old and loving neighbor as well as the natural resources are abundant and people are so genial.

Boryeong is the rich country where mountains, fields and sea are harmonized. And it is the district of Culture and Tourism where there are Daecheon beach that is the tourism destination for all seasons, Muchangpo beach where is the mysterious sea path, 78 islands, famous mountains such as Sungju mountain, Oseo mountain, etc., and various cultural properties such as Sungjusaji, Ocheonsung, Galmaemot Martyrium, etc.

Boryeong is known around Korea for its beaches, particularly Daecheon Beach, and its annual mud festival. The city's beach-mud is widely touted for its cosmetic properties. As elsewhere along the southwest coast of the Korean peninsula, there are numerous small islands, many of which are connected by ferry to Daecheon Port.

Contents

Get in

By Train

Seoul (Yongsan)
Daecheon --> Yongsan
Janghang-seon

By Bus

Seoul Express Terminal

There are 3 terminals in Seoul that you can use to get to Boryeong.

  1. Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Central) --> Boryeong (Daecheon) Estimated Time : 2 hours 20 mins.
  2. Dong Seoul Express Bus Terminal --> Daecheon (Boryeong) (3 hours, 8,700 won)
  3. Daecheon Terminal to Daecheon Beach

Incheon

There is a bus from Incheon that directly goes to Daecheon Beach (Boryeong) but only once a day. It departs at 13:20, ticket price is 1,3400 won. However, it will be very difficult to find a ticket for this.

Other Ways to get to Boryeong from Incheon:

  1. Incheon --> Cheonan Shinbu Terminal (Cheonan), then from Cheonan --> Daecheon (Boryeong) (Estimated Time : 2 hours 30 mins, 7,400 won)

Daegu

  1. East Daegu Express Bus Terminal --> Daejeon (Estimated time : 2 hours. Economy 7,400 won, Business 10,800)
  2. Daejeon --> West Daejeon Terminal (Take Bus No. 841.)

Busan

  1. Busan Express Bus Terminal --> Gunsan (Estimated time : 4 hours and 40 mins. 20,000 won). Then go from Gunsan To Daecheon (Boryeong)

Driving

Kyungbu Highway
Cheonan IC -> Ansan -> Hongsung -> Boryeong
Yusung IC -> Gongju -> Cheongyang -> Boryeong

West Coast Highway
(Soe hae An Highway)
Seoul -> Poseung IC -> Asan -> Hongsung -> Boryeong

Honam Highway
Yeonmudae IC -> Nonsan -> Buyeo -> Boryeong

See

  • Daecheon Beach

This is the representative beach in Boryeong Endlessly continued beach with white sands, blue sea, small and big islands dotted over the horizon, colorful swimsuits looks, pine forest enough to keep the sunshine off, sunset dropping a long way off over the horizon…

  • Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon Beach
Mud Prison at Boryeong Mud Festival

This has been held at Daecheon swimming beach every month of July for 10 years. There is a unique shell-powered sandy beach only found in Eastern countries. So, you may swim and massage with a mudpack at the same time. Furthermore, there are Mud massage programs (Self massage at the Beach, Ultramodern mud massage) and Mud Experiential Land program using mud powder made through the processing procedure, that is, we gather mud from pure plain and remove all impurities.

There are many events such as mud wrestling, mud king contest, mud fireworks fantasy and mud sliding. There will also be a photo competition in which past members have come in first place. This is a high profile event. There is a gorgeous beach there as well, which will come in handy as you won’t have any choice but to get dirty. You will be put into a prison until you get some mud on your body.

The mud itself is very good for your skin and health, so you can save money on a facemask and come along with us. At night, you can relax or experience some games and watch fireworks with friends at the gorgeous night beach. The beach itself is very beautiful and a great place to go swimming, and this is one of the biggest festivals in Korea, so please don’t miss out on this great day! Be sure to specify which day you would like to go.

  • Wonsando (Wonsan Island)

When you get on board a ship at Daecheon Port for 30 minutes, you arrive at Jeodu where is the entrance of Wonsando(Wonsan Island). People in the village named this island Wonsando, because the geographical features of the island looked like a wild boar. This island is very famous for the shipping spot. You can reach Seonchon, the biggest village in the Wonsando, when you take a walk for 10 minutes from Jeodu.

  • Mt. Seongju

In Boryeong, there is a place reminding the sentence, "When I got out of the tunnel, there was a snow world", which is the first sentence of Kawabada Yasnari's novel. That is "Seongju" tunnel. Passing through the Seongju tunnel, which connects downtown and Seongju-Myeon, gives us novel feeling as if we step in totally different world.

  • Coal mining museum

Both in and out door coal mining museum has a collection of 1,700 artifacts such as mining tolls and mineral samples. Inside of the museum, six different halls present their unique collections. Guiding Hall provides viewer's information and has gift shop. Research Hall shows developing of coal. Discovery Hall presents samples of coal and other mineral and history of mining industry. Participating Hall has artificial coal pit that is very like a real.

Do

  • Sea Fishing
Sea Fishing in Boryeong

There are five outports, Daecheon Port, Ocheon, Muchangpo, Jukdo and Songdo, for sea fishing in Boryeongcity that is famous for boat fishing in West Coast. In Daecheon Port, about 40 boats are ready for boat fishing.

  • Sightseeing

Drive course 1 - Travel along the road where you can watch the sea. Daecheon beach-Nampo bank-Junko travel destination-Muchangpo beach-Busa bank The best thing of the drive course in Boryeong city is to enjoy the fantastic drive as feeling the sea along the coast. This course begins from Daecheon beach as running the direct road along Nampo bank. As you run for a long time, stop you car in front of Jukdo travel destination that locates in the middle of the bank. It is romantic to feel the sea from there.

Drive course 2 - Quiet drive along the cultural assets. Chungcheon reservoir - Oseosan-Chungso-Ocheon port - Boryeong thermoelectric power plant. Follow No. 36 national road to Chungyang. Turn right at three-way junction in Dokjung. And you can find the drive course along Chungcheon reservoir. This road that is connected to No. 619 national road is again connected to No. 4 city road through Hwaam Lecture Hall. There are a few cars on this road so that you can enjoy the quiet drive. Climb the long hill in Oseosan and pass Chungso. And you can see Cheonsuman all through the way to Ocheon.

Drive course 3 - Along the road where the mountain and the lakes are harmonized. Seongjusaji-Seongju Mountain Recreation Forest-Coal Museum-Boryeong dam-Ungcheon Sukjae street Take No. 40 national road that is connected from Daecheon station to Buyeo, take the left road in the three-way junction in Seongju and you can find Seongjusaji that is the most famous cultural property in Boryeong city. This road is connected to the beautiful drive course that mountains and lakes are harmonized as linking Seongju mountain recreation forest and Coal museum. You can taste water springs of Dohwadam and turn left to No. 11 city road. And Ami mountain that is famous of fall foliage and at the end of that road, there is Boryeong dam that is the most famous in Chungam. The road along the lake is as beautiful and spectacular as Chungjuho drive course.

Buy

  • Mud from Boryeong
Boryeong Mud Packs

Mudpack that is good for skin health as well as beauty is known to be much superior to mud from Israel that is known to be best in the world. Based on the superior quality, we make visitors have mud massage all year round. Have the massage with the mud that clean mud, yellow earth and white clay are mixed at the appropriate ratio, enjoy the sun bathing and wash the mud out in the sea. Then, you can feel the smooth skin touch as much as you are surprised. The superiority of mud products from Boryeong is approved in the world. Taepyungyang Company cooperating with Boryeong city provides it with very low price produces it.

  • Nampo Inkstone

Inkstone that is one of the four precious things for study of scholars was as essential as computer nowadays. What was considered as the most precious thing among inkstones that were the necessities for scholars is the inkstone made in Nampo. As being written in Imwonkyungjeji by Seo Yu Gu, realist in Chosun dynasty, Sukranyeon, Keumsamunyeon, Eunsamunyeon, Bakunjinsangsukyeon among Nampo stone that are produced in Sungju mountain, Nampohyun are the most valuable things among inkstones. Hwachosuk of which the stone quality is the best among Unjinsangsukyeon has beautiful patterns in some parts of inkstone. The quality of stone from Nampo is excellent as you can make the most valuable inkstone if you trim even the natural stone a little. As modern society influences in our life, inkstone is not used much and 60% to 70% of inkstones that are produced in Korea is made in Boryeong. So Boryeong is the main area for Inkstone. The inkstone manufacturing in Nampo was designated as intangible cultural asset No. 6 in Chungcheongnamdo.

  • Ungcheon Stone

Osuk that is produced in Ungcheon is black like a feather of crow and glossy. And the quality is excellent. So it is used as the material for various epitaph, tomestones, etc. As you trim stone more and more, the black color becomes distinguished, and as you carve, the white color comes out. Especially Osk from Sungju mountain area is famous as the best quality in Korea and is the indigenous property of Boryeong. Boryeong is also famous for Chungsuk with blue color, Aesuk that is mainly used as the religious purpose, etc. except Osuk.

  • Marine products

Launce that is caught in the sea of Boryeong is already proved for the superior quality. Especially picked launce that launce in May and June and salt at the ratio of 8 to 2 are ripened has the excellent taste that cannot be compared to anything. Oyster that is produced a lot in Chunbuk area grows slowly because the tide ebb and flow changes a lot but the taste and nutrition are superior.

  • Agricultural Products

Western mushrooms in Boryeong and other mushrooms that are raised with the wind from underground closed mine are not durable and the taste is excellent. Grape that grows along No. 21 national road from Nampo to Ungcheon has superior sweet taste and best nutrition. Especially, Sahyung grape from Nampo area is famous for its high sweetness taste. Masan area produces various edible greens such as seasoned aster. Especially, seasoned aster from Misan is fragrant a lot and tastes good so that many people want to have it. Lots of Painted maple are growing in the dense forest of Sungju mountain. The sap of Painted maple is especially good for people who have stomach problems and it is known to be useful for neuralgia and improving physical constitution.

Eat

There are many restaurants in Boryeong. Most of them offer fresh seafood. However, if this is not your taste, there are of course other kinds of restaurants such as Korean Barbeque restaurants and Galbi Houses.

Sleep

There are basically 3 kinds of accommodation available in Boryeong.

The most popular ones are motels. They are easy to be found because they are all over the place in this beach area. There are also many hotels. You can tell the difference between a motel and a hotel by the size of the building. Buildings that are more than 5 stories and larger in size are hotels. The quality of the room is not much different, but they have more facilities that customers can use such as spas, swimming pools and restaurants.

If you do not mind experiencing Korean style house for couple of days "Minbak" (a private residence temporarily taking lodgers) is the one for you. In fact, there are more "Minbaks" than any other accommodation, because for many people there, it's become another way to make a living.

See this site for an extensive list of places to stay in Boryeong.

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