Mudfest 2013 (보령페스티발 2013)

This was my second time at the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon Beach. I went on the first of the two weekends (20-21/07/13). This time a large group of about 15 of us went down, compared to last year’s cozy foursome.

Road trip to Boryeong
Road trip to Boryeong
Arrived in the B!
Arrived in the B!

We stayed at a great pension nearby, where we barbecued and played some games in-between time spent at the beach. It was about a 5 minute walk to the beach and it accommodated all 15 of us nicely…even a few crashers too 🙂

The boys at work. Amazing ribsssss!
The boys at work. Amazing ribsssss!
Some beer pong action.
Some beer pong action.

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I didn’t actually get as muddy as I did last year, but I had so much fun swimming, partying, looking at the fireworks & air show and spending some good quality time with a couple of friends who were leaving Korea soon.

Muddy friends :)
Muddy friends 🙂
Newbies to Korea. Great way to kick it off.
Newbies to Korea. Great way to kick it off.
Bands to make her dance.
Bands to make her dance.

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Awesome air show
Awesome air show

All in all, it was another fun year at Mudfest. I recommend it, if you’re up for some lighthearted, muddy fun at the beach.

Night time tings.
Night time tings.
Partying til the morn.
Partying til the morn.

tae

Home time. Thanks, Boryeong.
Home time. Thanks, Boryeong.
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Sunflower Festival Fail

A couple weekends ago my friends and I ventured down to Gochang to check out the sunflower festival there. We got a bus from Gunsan to Gochang and then one of our mates met us at the bus station and we drove the rest of the way.

The countryside in Gochang is absolutely beautiful. There was green all around and the mountains stood wonderfully majestic and the green crops looked like an emerald carpet. As we neared our destination I noted a few little patches sunflowers along the way. Very wilted sunflowers, hanging on for dear life.

Gochang countryside
Gochang countryside

As we pulled up to the sunflower field, there was an obvious lack of sunflowers. The were dead! We got out of the car and meandered through the field in the blazing heat. I thought sun was supposed to be their thing, they are sunflowers. There were a few survivors. They were easy to spot… Haaa *straight face*

Sunflower field
Sunflower field
Dead
Dead

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After a some photos with the survivors, we found refuge across the street in a building that was part of the “festival”.

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Yay, some live ones!
Yay, some live ones!

The day wasn’t a complete waste (as if!). After that we drove down to a river. We relaxed on the shady banks for a couple hours and cooled off a little in the water.

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Cooling off
Cooling off
A small dip
A small dip
Relaxing in the shade
Relaxing in the shade

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Obviously, I was greatly disappointed by the failure of this quest. I had such wonderful visions of prancing around a huge field of sunflowers. But frankly, I found the whole thing rather hilarious. I’m just grateful we didn’t journey for hours across Korea only to be met with that.

How it should have looked: My friend, Amber in Gangwon-do Province. I guess it was cooler up there.
How it should have looked: My friend, Amber in Gangwon-do Province. I guess it was cooler up there.

Yeosu City (여수시)

For my summer vacation (2 days off of work) I ventured down to the southern coast to the city of Yeosu. I didn’t do much research for this trip. I had just heard about the Yeosu Expo last year and then I read about Yeosu as an off the beaten track place to visit on someone’s blog.

When I arrived at the Yeosu Expo Station, I strolled around the expo area for a bit. There’s an aquarium, kayaking and a few cafes around. Then I went to find a motel. I found one that was pretty close and surprisingly cheap given the location ($30 for the night, I think it would have been $40 for the same room for a couple). I dropped my stuff off and went out to explore.

Yeosu Expo Station
Yeosu Expo Station
The Big O
The Big O
Hanhwa Aqua Planet
Hanhwa Aqua Planet

Odong Island was walking distance. The bulwark from the mainland to the island was quite long which was fine for me, but in the heat it felt like a test of endurance. On the island I saw Dragon’s Cave, the lighthouse, a musical fountain and a ground fountain which I took full advantage of in the ridiculous heat and humidity.

Dragon's Cave, Odong Island
Dragon’s Cave, Odong Island
Enjoying the sound of the waves crashing into the rocks and taking in the beautiful view from Odong Island
Enjoying the sound of the waves crashing into the rocks and taking in the beautiful view from Odong Island
Ground fountain- a welcomed cool down zone
Ground fountain- a welcomed cool down zone

Later in the evening, I went back to the expo area to see The Big O light show. The queue was massive and I couldn’t be bothered to join it. Instead, I took a seat under one of the marquee structures and watched the show from there. It was fantastic and that was with an obstructed view. I’d definitely go back to see it seated inside the pavilion area.

The next morning, I headed back to the Yeosu Expo Station to get a ticket for the Yeosu City Tour bus. It cost a mere $5 for this all day tour! There was a guide speaking in Korean and on course 1 we stopped at 6 sights. For two of the stops we had to pay to enter (about $3 each).

Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum
Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum
Turtles at the Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum
Turtles at the Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum
Rocky beach behind the Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum
Rocky beach behind the Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum
Gorgeous view from Hyangiram
Gorgeous view from Hyangiram
Lanterns at Hyangiram
Lanterns at Hyangiram
Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-shin and his Turtle Boat
Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-shin and his Turtle Boat

The scenery while driving through Yeosu and around the islands was gorgeous. I think this trip is worth it if you’re looking for a quiet and fairly cheap little getaway.