Boryeong (보령시, 保寧市; keep.peaceful.city) is a city in Chungcheongnam-do. The population as of 2004 was 109,401, including:
- 108,861 Koreans and
- 540 non-Koreans.
- Area: 567.97㎢
- Population density: 199.1/㎢(2003)
- Number of households: 39,383(2003)
- Administrative divisions: 1 eup, 10 myeon, 5 dong
- Location of city hall: 269-4 Myeongcheon-dong, Boryeong-shi (보령시 명천동 269-4)
- City flower: 동백꽃
- City tree: Pine (소나무)
- City bird: Seagull (갈매기)
Boryeong is located at 36°20´N 126°37´E, on the coast of the Yellow Sea (황해). It lies on the Janghang Line railroad, which connects it to Seoul via the Gyeongbu Line. It is also connected to the Seohaean Expressway (서해안고속도로). Boryeong is known around Korea for its beaches, particularly Daecheon Beach, and its annual mud festival. The city's beach-mud is widely touted for its cosmetic properties. There are numerous small islands around the city which can be reached by ferry to Daecheon Port.
Boryeong gained its present boundaries in 1995, with the merger of Boryeong County and Daecheon City. Previously, the city and county had been separated in 1986, and before that time had been united under the name Boryeong County (Boryeong-gun) since the Joseon Dynasty.
From east to west the city is 71 km in length, and 42 km from north to south.
There are a large number of mountains around the city; to the north are Achasan (아차산) and Oseosan (오서산), to the east are Seongtaesan (성태산), Amisan (아미산) and Wolmyeongsan (월명산), and to the south is Jangtaebong.
The city is next to the sea which moderates the climate but brings strong winds. The average yearly temperature is 13.3℃, the average in January is -1.2℃, and that in August is 26.8℃. The yearly averagy precipitation is 903.7㎜, and the average wind speed over one year is 2.9 m/sec.
All of our listed accommodations are located on Daecheon Beach or near it, unless mentioned otherwise.
Boryeong Mud Festival
Promotional photo for the 9th Boryeong Mud Festival, from July 15th to 21st
The Boryeong Mud Festival was visited in 2005 by a total of 32,000 foreign tourists. It is located at Daecheon Beach, near Daecheon Station in the city.
Restaurants and Bars
As the average Korean, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants are in abundance throughout Korea and are easy for foreigners to find, the following restaurants reflect a sampling of restaurants considered to be either popular or are western-friendly choices and other ethnic foods.
All of the listed tourist sites are located in Boryeong and the surrounding area.