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.
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.
“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.
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?
Tired? Well by all means take a load off before continuing.
The park is a labyrinth of gated pathways, trails and cul-de-sacs, all adorned with statues in positions of ecstasy.
“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.
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.
Feeling a little hungry, we spied a snack shack and went in.
“Would you like a penis?” he said, pointing.
Sure enough, in the glass case in front of us were whimsical baked goods, unmistakable as to their intended representation.
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.
More humor as we entered another cul-de-sac filled with statues exhibiting grossly exaggerated curves and gravity-defying acts.
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 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.
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