Revellers get down and dirty as annual Boryeong Mud Festival kicks off

Festival-goers take a bath in a mud pool during the 18th Boryeong Mud Festival on Daecheon beach in Boryeong City, South Korea on July 18, 2015.
Festival-goers take a bath in a mud pool during the 18th Boryeong Mud Festival on Daecheon beach in Boryeong City, South Korea on July 18, 2015. PHOTO: EPA
Festival-goers take a bath in a mud pool during the 18th Boryeong Mud Festival on Daecheon beach in Boryeong City, South Korea on July 18, 2015.
Festival-goers take a bath in a mud pool during the 18th Boryeong Mud Festival on Daecheon beach in Boryeong City, South Korea on July 18, 2015. PHOTO: EPA
Festival-goers take a bath in a mud pool during the 18th Boryeong Mud Festival on Daecheon beach in Boryeong City, South Korea on July 18, 2015.
Festival-goers take a bath in a mud pool during the 18th Boryeong Mud Festival on Daecheon beach in Boryeong City, South Korea on July 18, 2015. PHOTO: EPA
Festival-goers take a bath in a mud pool during the 18th Boryeong Mud Festival on Daecheon beach in Boryeong City, South Korea on July 18, 2015.
Festival-goers take a bath in a mud pool during the 18th Boryeong Mud Festival on Daecheon beach in Boryeong City, South Korea on July 18, 2015. PHOTO: EPA
Festival-goers take a bath in a mud pool during the 18th Boryeong Mud Festival on Daecheon beach in Boryeong City, South Korea on July 18, 2015.
Festival-goers take a bath in a mud pool during the 18th Boryeong Mud Festival on Daecheon beach in Boryeong City, South Korea on July 18, 2015. PHOTO: EPA
 Festival-goers take a bath in a mud pool during the 18th Boryeong Mud Festival on Daecheon beach in Boryeong City, South Korea on July 18, 2015.
Festival-goers take a bath in a mud pool during the 18th Boryeong Mud Festival on Daecheon beach in Boryeong City, South Korea on July 18, 2015. PHOTO: EPA
Tourists play with mud during the 18th Boryeong mud festival at Daecheon swimming beach in Boryeong, 150 kilometers southwest of Seoul, on July 18, 2015.
Tourists play with mud during the 18th Boryeong mud festival at Daecheon swimming beach in Boryeong, 150 kilometers southwest of Seoul, on July 18, 2015. PHOTO: AFP
 Tourists play in a mud pool during the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach in Boryeong, South Korea on July 18, 2015.
Tourists play in a mud pool during the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach in Boryeong, South Korea on July 18, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS
Tourists play in a mud pool during the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach in Boryeong, South Korea on July 18, 2015.
Tourists play in a mud pool during the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach in Boryeong, South Korea on July 18, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS
Tourists play with mud during the 18th Boryeong mud festival at Daecheon swimming beach in Boryeong, 150 kilometers southwest of Seoul on July 18, 2015.
Tourists play with mud during the 18th Boryeong mud festival at Daecheon swimming beach in Boryeong, 150 kilometers southwest of Seoul on July 18, 2015. PHOTO: AFP
A tourist poses for photographs during the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach in Boryeong, South Korea on July 18, 2015.
A tourist poses for photographs during the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach in Boryeong, South Korea on July 18, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS
Festival-goers take a bath in a mud pool during the 18th Boryeong Mud Festival on Daecheon beach in Boryeong City, South Korea on 18 July 2015.
Festival-goers take a bath in a mud pool during the 18th Boryeong Mud Festival on Daecheon beach in Boryeong City, South Korea on 18 July 2015. PHOTO: EPA
Tourists play with mud during the 18th Boryeong mud festival at Daecheon swimming beach in Boryeong, 150 kilometers southwest of Seoul, on July 18, 2015.
Tourists play with mud during the 18th Boryeong mud festival at Daecheon swimming beach in Boryeong, 150 kilometers southwest of Seoul, on July 18, 2015. PHOTO: AFP
Tourists attend the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach in Boryeong, South Korea on July 18, 2015.
Tourists attend the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach in Boryeong, South Korea on July 18, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS
Tourists play with mud during the 18th Boryeong mud festival at Daecheon swimming beach in Boryeong, 150 kilometers southwest of Seoul, on July 18, 2015.
Tourists play with mud during the 18th Boryeong mud festival at Daecheon swimming beach in Boryeong, 150 kilometers southwest of Seoul, on July 18, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

SOUTH KOREA - Hordes of tourists, both domestic and international, crowded Daecheon beach in Boryeong, South Korea on Saturday, kicking off the annual Boryeong Mud Festival. 

The annual festival, which will run from July 18 to July 27 this year, includes sporting events, live music, body painting and various other visual attractions.

According to organisers, two to three million tourists visit the beach during the annual mud festival.