The mud fest crowds were long gone from Daecheon Beach on our recent weekend getaway. Luckily for us, we could still get naked and experience the famous Boryeong mud. The mud spa is happy to accommodate anyone who wants to pay the price to have their body slathered in mud, and their body
pummelled oops massaged into a glorious state of relaxation. The spa begins with a trip to the traditional spa where you can skinny dip in the hot and cold medicinal spa, including a hot tub of mud. We were also told to spend at least 15 minutes in the sauna before we made our way over to the Mud Center. Once we made it there we were shown to these contraptions.
Our Korean masseuse waiting to show us into the capsules.
They reminded me of a sunbed, but I found out they were much hotter as I sweated out more body toxins during the 30 minutes I was inside. I did like the detox, but would have much preferred it in the winter time. Our insufferably hot summer was not yet a memory, so this VERY hot capsule was making me a tad antsy.
Then it was onto the massage table where we were covered with famous Boryeong mud from head to toe. Once we were slathered up, it was time for the massage. A massage in Korea is a little rougher than those I’ve had in Thailand or Bali, so be warned. Pummelling finished, we were instructed to lay for 30 minutes to let the mud do its magic. From the massage table it was into the shower. With glowing clean, soft skin it was into the jazcuzzi for 15 minutes of soaking before getting dressed and heading back to the real world.
Of course, first we could shop for mud spa goodies in the spa gift shop. I bought a nice gift package featuring a variety of mud products for only $15.00(US).
The Boryeong Mud Skin Care Center is conveniently located on the road facing the beach; impossible to miss. The center is open from early morning to late evening. If you don’t want the mud massage and facial, you can opt for the traditional sauna and hot/cold water pools. There is even a mud pool. The price is an affordable $6(US). The mud massage and facial that we opted for was approximately $36(US) and the treatment lasted a couple of hours. I thought it was very good value for the price.
The spa does not have a website. It’s best to drop in, and they do have English speakers on staff who are eager to help you.
Of course, you can always visit Daecheon Beach during the annual mud fest, and get down and muddy with thousands of others.
Have you ever had a mud spa? What did you think?[button link=”https://www.facebook.com/pages/Budget-Travelers-Sandbox/197659407625″ type=”big” color=”red”] Follow BTS on Facebook[/button]