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A stimulating day outJeju Loveland arouses more than just the imagination
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승인 2009.09.18  16:37:45
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Tradition, history, and culture run through the veins of Jeju’s major tourist attractions; perhaps with one giant exception. Sex is also present thanks to one of Jeju’s most original parks, which contains provocative sculptures, risqué art galleries and the occasional vendor supplying sex aids. Welcome to Jeju Loveland.

The park, which opened in 2004, features a display set up by 20 artists from Seoul’s Hongik University. With Jeju being the favored honeymoon destination for Koreans; it is no surprise that it houses Korea’s only sex park.

Erotic sculptures
Upon arrival at Loveland, a colossal, naked, female statue named “Desire” greets visitors, as she lies on her back with a suggestive facial expression, as if to be enticing and beckoning her visitors towards a very unique experience. Close by is the lake situated in the centre of the theme park; which displays a pair of upside down and intertwined lovers’ legs, whose upper bodies seem lost beneath the water. Here begin several statue series which continue around the park.

One of these series is International Love, showing various statues in different sexual positions; while clearly bearing their distinct ethnicities. Among them Greek Love depicts Greek Gods making love and Indian Love depicts a Kama Sutra position. Ethnic stereotypes are used throughout this portion of the park, possibly leading some foreign visitors to think they’re distasteful, but like everything in Loveland; it’s art.

On the way to the galleries, just past the international love display, is the park’s largest hand sculpture. The enormous green hand has a finger placed in a very artistic rendition of the female sexual organ. There are two galleries, located in front of each other, simply named Baengnok Gallery 1 and Baengnok Gallery 2. While Gallery 1 carries an unrelated variety of products, such as handmade golf putters, golf balls, and jewelry; Gallery 2 holds the thing that all sex parks should possess- a sex shop.

Upon arrival at Loveland, a colossal, naked, female statue named “Desire” greets visitors, as she lies on her back with a suggestive facial expression, as if to be enticing and beckoning her visitors towards a very unique experience. Close by is the lake situated in the centre of the theme park; which displays a pair of upside down and intertwined lovers’ legs, whose upper bodies seem lost beneath the water. Here begin several statue series which continue around the park.

One of these series is International Love, showing various statues in different sexual positions; while clearly bearing their distinct ethnicities. Among them Greek Love depicts Greek Gods making love and Indian Love depicts a Kama Sutra position. Ethnic stereotypes are used throughout this portion of the park, possibly leading some foreign visitors to think they’re distasteful, but like everything in Loveland; it’s art. On the way to the galleries, just past the international love display, is the park’s largest hand sculpture. The enormous green hand has a finger placed in a very artistic rendition of the female sexual organ.

There are two galleries, located in front of each other, simply named Baengnok Gallery 1 and Baengnok Gallery 2. While Gallery 1 carries an unrelated variety of products, such as handmade golf putters, golf balls, and jewelry; Gallery 2 holds the thing that all sex parks should possess- a sex shop.

▲ Breathless with“ Desire”: Sculptures at Jeju Loveland elicit gasps and giggles, and encourage open-minded attitude about sex. Photos courtesy Jeju Loveland




Sex shop
A traditionally-shaped dome, the shop offers various sex related gadgets, some even accompanied by detailed explanations in Hangul. This is the place that generates the most giggles from visitors. The sex shop sells everything from condoms to fertility testers, but also holds a large selection of humorous knickknacks. In you’re ever in need of a lamp with a penis as an “on” switch; this is the place to shop.

“I think tourists are more interested in the funny parts [toys], and Koreans are more interested in the actual adult part like condoms,” said Yoo Jin-ho, an employee at the gallery, who can usually distinguish local residents from tourists by their reactions. “Islanders don’t usually have an open-mind about sex, but other Koreans come here and it helps change their mind,” said the 45-year-old as he rearranges lubricants on a shelf, “most Koreans have closed sexual minds.”

Although that may be true, the visitors generally appear comfortable and mature. Even when passing under an enormous set of legs in high-heels or walking through a series dedicated to middle-aged Korean housewives known as ‘ajumas’. Far from feeling embarrassed or awkward, friends and couples pose next to the statues with the typical peace signs held up.

On the way out the park, sounds of moaning become noticeable. The sounds are generated from an installment, oddly enough called “Work”, which consists of a rocking car with tinted windows and a bra easily visible as it hangs from the rearview mirror.

Although sex education is stressed as a reason for the creation of the park, Loveland’s statues and installations are bold and exude humor. When China tried to build its own Loveland earlier this year, influenced by Jeju’s park, it was demolished by the Chinese government, illustrating the typical lack of discourse about intercourse in the East.

Loveland, which is lit up beautifully after sunset, is an unconventional park offering tourists and Koreans a more unusual reason to visit the island than the usual sunny beaches and hiking trails. After all, where else can you buy sex toys after strolling around a park containing gigantic sex sculptures?

Jeju Loveland is located at 680-26, Yeon-dong, Jeju-si and can be reached by bus or a short taxi ride from Jeju city. The park’s opening hours are 9am- midnight and tickets are 6,000W for Jeju residents.



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