Jeju Loveland: #1 Most Bizarre Park in the World

February 1, 2017

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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 Korea Loveland in 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.

We spent a weekend driving around Jeju Island and loved all the diverse things to do and see.

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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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Photo ©Kary Kern

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


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

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This giant golden sculpture is the first thing you see upon entering Jeju Loveland. Photo ©Kary Kern

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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Photo ©Kary Kern

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

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Photo ©Kary Kern

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

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Photo ©Kary Kern

“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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Photo ©Kary Kern

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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Posing under one of the few non-controversial sculptures at Jeju Loveland.

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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Photo ©Kary Kern

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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Photo ©Kary Kern

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

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Photo ©Kary Kern

In the end, we decided to embrace the Loveland Korea 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!

There are so many things to do and see on Jeju!  Here’s a handy 5-day Jeju Island itinerary to make your time there memorable!

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About the Author

Patti MorrowPatti Morrow is a freelance travel writer and founder of the award-winning blog Luggage and Lipstick. TripAdvisor called her one of “20 Baby Boomer Travel Bloggers Having More Fun Than Millennials.”  Patti is the author of the book “Girls Go Solo: Tips for Women Traveling Alone,” and has over 150 bylines in 40 print and online publications, including The Huffington Post, International Living Magazine, Washington Post Sunday Travel, Travel Girl, Travel Play Live Magazine, and Ladies Home Journal. Patti has traveled six continents looking for fabulous places and adventure activities for her Baby Boomer (and Gen X!) tribe.


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  2. Comment by Brenda

    Brenda Reply March 12, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Oh my Lord! Ssshhhh, we need to keep this one quiet until long after Trump is gone from his trip to Korea. For certain, the media would twist this one in a grossly sordid manner certainly not to the liking of Trump nor the Trumpsters. But then who’da thunk Trump would ever be going to Korea to negotiate in America’s behalf when this blog was posted.

  3. Comment by Sue Reddel

    Sue Reddel Reply February 10, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    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.

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply February 10, 2017 at 4:55 pm

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

  4. Comment by Donna Janke

    Donna Janke Reply February 10, 2017 at 11:22 am

    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!

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply February 10, 2017 at 11:24 am

      Oh yes, they definitely would Donna! And me as well. Loveland is quite unique!

  5. Comment by A Taste for Travel

    A Taste for Travel Reply February 9, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    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!

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply February 9, 2017 at 3:22 pm

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

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply February 7, 2017 at 7:47 am

      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!

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