The Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual festival which takes place during the summer in Boryeong, a town around 200 km south of Seoul, South Korea. The first Mud Festival was staged in 1998 and, by 2007, the festival attracted 2.2 million visitors to Boryeong.
This year, the Boryeong Mud Festival kicked off at July 14, and will end on July 24.
At the Boryeong Mud Festival, you can get unlimited mud packs. The mud is rich in minerals and used to manufacture cosmetics.
During the festival, several large attractions are erected in the seafront area of Daecheon. These include a mud pool, mud slides, mud prison and mud skiing competitions. Colored mud is also produced for body painting. A large stage is erected on the beach, which is used for live music, competitions and various other visual attractions.
A small market runs along the seafront selling cosmetics made using the mud from Boryeong. Various health and beauty clinics offer massages, acupuncture and other treatments utilising the medicinal qualities of the mud.
Although the festival takes place over a period of around two weeks, it is most famous for its final weekend, where there are various events from concerts to marathons. The festival is closed with a large firework display.
Come to Boryeong Mud Festival!
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School violence is a serious problem in Korea nowadays.
왕따 Wangta is the Korean term for a victim of school bullying. Wang means king, and Ta is a term for a loner or an ostracized person. The problem with wangta is that everyone in school targets the wangtas. And even the person who helps wangtas are often ostracized.
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Well here’s the good news.
IU, a Korean singer song writer and actress, volunteered herself to be used for anti-bullying campaigns. The cute singer and ambassador for the prevention of school violence attended a fan signing event for the publication of “I’m Sorry” – a book about school violence at the Gwanghwamun Kyobo Bookstore in Seoul.
“I’m Sorry” is a book written about the experiences that the 13 members of the Police Agency’s Prevention of School Violence task team had about this issue. The book’s profits will be donated to the Foundation for Preventing Youth Violence in order to help the victims of school violence.
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Through this meaningful event, I hope adults and kids will look up to IU, and read this book, which will allow people to be more aware and take interest in stopping school violence.
Last week, South Korea announced at an International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Panama that it planned to follow Japan’s footsteps and use a loophole in the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling to proceed with a scientific research program.
This drew immediate protests from many nations and environmental groups that suspect the plan may be a cover for commercial whaling.
Japan has for years cynically used a scientific exception to hunt and sell whale meat, using its immense capital to bribe the IWC to support its case.
Although Korea has grown economically, and may be able to financially find a loophole in whaling, Korea’s intent to follow Japan’s footstep would have been embarrassing.
Well… Recently, Korea heeded to international criticism decided against going ahead with the whaling program. Korea’s Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries reported that Korea is reconsidering its plans. This is a massive relief.
Korea is now a G20 country, and one of the wealthiest economic powers in the world.
I am glad that Korea can live up to its status (unlike some other East Asian country that’s an island, and speaks Japanese).
Scientific or not, whaling endangered species should not be allowed, and this goes for every country, no exception Japan.
As an economic superpower, and a country often referred a s an advanced nation, we would like to see actions, and foreign policies that reflect their elevated position.