VIDEO: Mud Wrestling Boryeong Mud Festival

The Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual event that takes place along Daecheon Beach located in South Chungcheong Province. Although the idea of getting plastered in mud may not sound like a whole lot of fun, this festival certainly has a way of making grown adults relive their childhood. With over 60 events the festival is packed with various kinds of activities. Getting muddy is one of the true highlights where one can consider participating in a mud rave, mud massage, mud slide or mud paintings.

Out of all of the festivals in Korea, the Boryeong Mud Festival attracts the most foreign visitors hands down. It’s especially popular with expats, Native English teachers and America military personnel.

Prior to participating in the Boryeong Mud Festival, I was concerned about the safety of my dSLR camera. I couldn’t decide whether or not I should bring it along with me. The advantages of taking it would be the opportunity to capture some amazing photos from the event; a simple point and shoot camera isn’t great for capturing action shots nor does it offer the depth of field and dynamic range of a dSLR. However, the downside, of taking the camera would be allowing it to get ruined by mud, rain or other conditions of the event.

Finally, I came up with a solution with the help of a friend who had taken photos during Songkran, the annual water festival in Thailand. By wrapping my dSLR in plastic wrap and sealing it off I was confident I could protect it well enough to bring to the mud fest.

The first event you’ll notice the video/slideshow clips is the mud wrestling pit. Participants hunker down in muddy water while viciously splashing one another. This was a great chance to test out the durability of my makeshift camera protection which was peppered with mud in the process.

Overall, the camera held up well against the ongoing onslaught of mud, rain and other elements thrown at it during our brief stay at the mud fest. It’s given me the confidence to use my camera in just about any situation provided I have it sealed well enough.

Mud Wrestling and Activities at the Boryeong Mud Festival, Korea

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