A Muddy Mess

This past weekend we headed out of town with some friends to mudfest, about a four hour drive up the west coast of Korea. can i just take a second here to comment on how fast this summer is going? I feel like i was just making our bucket list, and now we have some of the major events crossed off of it. Except my six pack, that may just stay on there. Back to the story. The city of Boryeong is a tiny little town that is known for the health benefits of their mineral rich mud, why else cover yourself from head to toe in it? Actually, the whole idea of mud fest was created in order to promote their mud cosmetics. Now, in the span of nine days, hundreds of thousands of people travel from around the country to pass through this town and roll around in the mud. We were no exception. While we were there we:

Stood in line for over an hour to get painted up like warriors with colored mud. Definitely worth the wait. You can see the volunteers meticulously painting our bodies for us.

Got put in mud prison.

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Scrubbed ourselves clean in the ocean, then realized we were all slightly stained from the colored mud.

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Saw some outrageously gorgeous mountains in Jinan. We’re looking at going back and trying to hike it someday, especially since there is water rafting close to the town and they  have rustic wooden cabins that you can stay in while hiking.

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Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

This past weekend we decided to make the hour trip north to the city of Jinhae, on the southern coastline, with our friends Mike and Alissa to the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival. The town is best known for the estimated 340,000 cherry blossom trees that bloom for only a few short weeks each spring. At the beginning of those weeks the city holds the annual Jinhae Gunhangjae Festival, this year marking the 49th year. in 1952 a statue of Korea’s greatest naval hero was erected in the city’s center, and since 1963, the festival has been held annually in honor of him. Each year these trees that are thought to be native to Korea attract over 1 million visitors. I apologize ahead of time for the overwhelming amount of photos that are sure to make you jealous.

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Our first stop was to romance bridge. It spreads 1.5 km long with cherry blossom trees arching over the stream on both sides.
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Jeremy loves making friends with the locals. The owner of a small snack cart that makes red bean pastries
Loads of photographers waiting for a train to arrive. They were about 2 hours early but that didn’t stop them from sitting and waiting. Once they saw our group some turned and started taking photos of us instead.
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Jeremy makes a new friend, another photographer waiting for the train with a birds eye view
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Stairs to the observation tower. You can either climb the 365 stairs or pay to take a tram to the top. We chose the more strenuous version
The view was worth the climb. From the top you can see the entire city of Jinhae and all the cherry blossom trees that coat the mountains.
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We were just excited to be done with all the stairs
There is also a market where you can find anything you would ever want. Even a fin to eat.