Man falls in the mud

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An annual celebration of all things mud

A man covered in mud falls backwards into the muck on July 14 during the 15th Annual Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon Beach in Boryeong, a town about 200 kilometers south of Seoul in South Korea.


Sourced from mud flats near Boryeong, the mud is rich in minerals and bentonites that are good for skin. The festival kicked off for the first time in 1998 as a marketing tool to promote Boryeong's local cosmetics, which are made from the same mineral-rich mud.


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People wrestle in the mud

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Mud wrestling tourists

Festival revelers wrestle in the mud during the festival. Featuring live music, a mud pool, mud slides and mud skiing competitions, the festival now attracts more than 2 million visitors each year.


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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

Photos: Getting messy at South Korean mud festival
Getting messy at S. Korean mud festival. The Boryeong mud festival, which features mud-filled pools and slides, kicked off 15 years ago as a marketing tool to p