A South Korean coastal city is getting down and dirty as people from all over the country gather for the annual mud festival.

Mud-wrestling, dumping buckets of muddy water on each other and sliding down mud slides, revellers sought respite in the greyish goo from summer heat of around 30C.

Boryeong, the host of the 22nd annual Mud Festival, is located about 190km southwest of the capital, Seoul, and says its mud has special powers to refresh the skin and soothe the soul.

The festival kicked off on 19 July and runs until to 28 July.

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