This awesome outdoor music festival held in early to mid July in Birds Hill Park, Manitoba can be a truly messy festival. Although not technically part of the festival, along with enjoying a several days of music you are sure to encounter lots and lots of mud. Nearly 40 years old, you can expect some of the biggest names in Folk music each and every year. This is definitely one of those festivals you are going to want to prepare to camp out for. Aside from the music and mud there are numerous fantastic art exhibitions you will want to check out. So pack your bags and get ready to get dirty!
Boryeong City in South Korea on the coast of the Yellow Sea was once renowned for its amazing agriculture. Today, however, this same rich earth is drawing millions of visitors to Daecheon Beach in Boryeong City for very different reasons. In 1997, several institutes in South Korea did studies on the soil and determined that not only was the dirt good for plants, it was good for skin too. To market these newly discovered properties, Boryeong decided to engage in a huge festival and invite people far and wide to enjoy their mineral rich mud. But unlike most ad campaigns, this one asked people to come and get dirty. Really dirty. Welcome to the Boryeong Mud Festival! Read more
Hwaseong Fortress was built in the late 18th century by King Yeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty in Suwon, South Korea. It was built to honor and house the remains of his father, Prince Sado who was killed by being locked alive inside a rice chest by his father, King Yeongjo because the prince had failed to obey his fathers command to commit suicide. The fortress is located about 19 miles south of Seoul and encloses much of Suwon, including King Jeongjo’s palace Haenggung. In 1997 Hwaseong Fortress was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list as an outstanding example of early modern military architecture which incorporates Read more
One of South Korea’s “Five Grand Palaces” built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty sits within a large park in Jongnu-gu, Seoul. It is often referred to as Changdeok Palace as well as the East Palace due to its location. Like the other Five Grand Palaces in Seoul, it was heavily damaged during the Japanese occupation of Korea and only about thirty percent of the original structures remain. Construction of the palace ran from 1405 through it’s completion in 1412. During King Seonjo’s rule from 1567 through 1608 the palace grounds were expanded by almost half a million square meters. Although the palace has been destroyed and rebuilt many times throughout the years, the repairs have always Read more
Everland Resort is one of South Korea’s most popular attractions and its largest theme park, ranking 10th in the world in attendance in 2008. Owned and operated by Samsung Everland, a subsidiary of the Samsung Group, Everland Resort is comprised of six attractions with its most visited being the Everland theme park and the water park Caribbean Bay. It is also home to two museums, a public golf course and Home Bridge, a nature themed hotel. Since opening in 1976 the park has provided a variety of entertainment and special events through the years. One of the newest additions to the resort is the Caribbean Bay water park which was added in the 1996 and has received a “Must-see Waterpark Award” from the International Association of Amusement Park Attractions. Read more