Jul 31, 2017
This file photo provided by Boryeong City on July 23, 2017, shows large a crowd gathered at the Boryong Mud Festival in the coastal city southwest of Seoul. (Yonhap)
The Boryeong Mud Festival
, one of South Korea's most popular local festivals, saw a record number of visitors this year, up more than 40 percent from last year, according to organizers Monday.
The number of visitors during this year's event, which ran for 10 days from July 21 at Daecheon Beach on the west coast, reached 5.68 million, up 42.4 percent from last year's 3.99 million-large crowd, Boryeong City said. The number of foreign visitors stood at 622,000.
The city raised 538.85 million won (US$480,601) from tickets, while those from mud cosmetic products amounted to 130 million won.
Launched in 1998, the festival has grown into one of South Korea's top international summer events with its mud flats attracting many tourists from around the world. Rich in minerals, the mud is used in manufacturing cosmetics.
This year, the unique festival presented a total of 57 programs, ranging from bathing in a massive mud tub to mud massages, a mud photo contest, a marathon on the mud flats, a mud sliding competition, street parades and K-pop concerts, according to organizers.