A Theme Park with an Age Restriction
If you want to see a theme park like no other hop on over to the South Korean island and pay a visit to the infamous Jeju Loveland. Jeju island – often referred to as the “Hawaii of Korea” – is a popular honeymoon hot spot for many South Koreans, Chinese and Japanese tourists. Jeju Loveland serves as the “guidebook” for honeymooners; a place to explore virgin territory and to learn about the facts of life.
(Warning before you scroll down: Pictures to follow might not be suitable for the eyes of kids or for the eyes of your boss staring at your screen over your shoulder. I selected the “safest” photos).
In a country such as South Korea where sex is still somewhat of a taboo topic – a topic not getting the attention it deserves in the Korean educational system – comes a theme park trying to break down the cultural taboos surrounding sex with its explicit and erotic sculptures. Jeju Loveland opened its doors in 2004 and was designed by a group of Hongik University art students.
“…Jeju Loveland is a place where sexually-orientated art and eroticism meet. Jeju Loveland breaks down the traditional taboos surrounding sex, and is a place where the visitor can appreciate the natural beauty of sexuality” – From Jeju Loveland’s website.
There are about 140 sculptures strategically placed throughout the park; some sculptures are tongue-in-the-cheek leaving something to the imagination and others are a bit more in your face. The exhibitions range from displaying the sexual life of Koreans in the past with tiny mommy-and-daddy sculptures going at it, to interactive pieces where you have to turn a handle to get the motion going, to a toy shop, to positions from all over the world.
You’ll spot entwined legs everywhere; chairs, mountains, water fountains and door handles are suggestively shaped into body parts and even the dogs, turtles and pigs are getting lucky.
The Naked Truth:
- Jeju Loveland is about 10 minutes from Jeju International Airport and a taxi will be your fastest and easiest option.
- You have to be at least 18 years to enter this park (there is a play area for children).
- Opening hours: 09:00 tot 24:00.
- Entrance Fee: $9.
I won’t put Jeju Loveland on a list of “Top 10 Things to do in Jeju” but it’s one of those “been there, done that, got it on” experiences. So go ahead, have fun, laugh, leave the youngsters at a “real” theme park, spot the old people staring, pointing and posing and bring an open mind!