Loveland, Korea: #1 Most Bizarre Park in the World

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I already knew South Korea was quirky. After all, how many countries have not one, but two “toilet” museums dedicated to the human digestive and elimination system?

Was I prepared for our adventure in Loveland on Jeju Island? Probably not.

Jeju is South Korea’s largest island, just off the southwest tip of the mainland. It has a humid subtropical climate, and gorgeous beaches which account for the nickname “the Hawaii of Korea.” Visitors can hike Hallasan, Korea’s tallest mountain and dormant volcano or Manjanggul, one of the longest lava tubes in the world. The island was voted one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature through the New7Wonders Foundation.

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Gwamul Beach, Jeju Island, Korea. Photo ©Kary Kern

Opened in 2004, the 140 statues of Jeju Loveland were created by students from Hongik University in Seoul. The sculptures run the gamut from humorous to sensual to erotic.

Upon entering the park, you’re greeted by a shrubbery wall fitted out with hearts of all sizes, colors and patterns. All very sweet. Until you round the corner and enter the over-the-top for-adults-only sex-themed park.

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“Um, we’re not in Kansas anymore,” I said.

WARNING:

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 Straight ahead was a humongous bronzed statue of a naked woman. Quite splendid, actually.

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Moving on, we got a hint at the park’s toilet humor. Literally and figuratively. A line of males of various ages, physiques, and colors, all about to relieve themselves in a urinal in front of them, with their “plumbing” exposed. Hilarious, right?

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Tired? Well by all means take a load off before continuing.

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The park is a labyrinth of gated pathways, trails and cul-de-sacks, all adorned with statues in positions of ecstasy.

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“Is that even physically possible?” I wondered out loud. You can probably guess the answer.

Here’s one of the, shall we say “tamer” couples.

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At the entrance point to yet another area of the park was a statue so wholesome we could actually take a photo which could be shown to our parents and/or children. I’m glad we stopped and got that photo, because that was the only prospect of the kind on the premises.

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Awwww, how cute is this?

Feeling a little hungry, we spied a snack shack and went in.

“Would you like a penis?” he said, pointing.

Excuse me?

Sure enough, in the glass case in front of us were whimsical baked goods, unmistakable as to their intended representation.

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I was feeling a bit peckish (aka hungry, but pun intended).  So we giggled down some body parts then took a gander in the souvenir shop before continuing our journey through erotica.

No stone of details was left unturned as we strolled past the man-made pond.

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More humor as we entered another cul-de-sac filled with statues exhibiting grossly exaggerated curves and gravity-defying acts.

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In the end, we decided to embrace the concept and took part in the racy photo set-ups, laughing our heads off the entire time.  But full disclosure, so was anyone else who was brave enough to make eye contact with us.  An instantaneous kind of naughty camaraderie.

You’ll have to take my word, the pics are hilarious, but just too outrageous to show. Even for me, who as you know, loves a good photo op, but you know, once it’s on the internet, it’s there forever!

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Comments

  1. Umm – it’s a bit weird – but it looks like lots of fun.
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    • luggageandlipstick says:

      Can’t argue with that assessment, Lyn! It was definitely beyond any attraction I’d ever been to, but we did have a hilarious time!

  2. A Taste for Travel says:

    Wow, what an eye-opener of a museum! I imagine you picked some of the tamest statues to profile but there are definitely some contortions happening there! I visited a sex museum in Miami but would never have imagined Korea as a likely location for a similar spot!

    • luggageandlipstick says:

      I know, Michele! Loveland was definitely an eye-opener, even at my age! Korea has its own brand of quirkiness.

  3. Definitely quirky, but it sounds as it could be fun to walk through. I like the photo of you kissing beneath the kissing couple. That is a very nice statue, but I imagine the statues you didn’t include in the post might cause me to blush!
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  4. LOL! Just the break I needed today. You had me in stitches! Bizarre certainly is the appropriate word to describe this quirky park in Korea.
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    • luggageandlipstick says:

      I know, Sue, it’s difficult to describe exactly how unusual Loveland is! Have never been to anything like it!

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