WARNING: This blog is not suitable for workplaces. It contains a lot of images of nudity, genitalia, and sexual poses. Viewer discretion is advised!
I actually spent quite a lot of time debating with my serious self whether to publish it, and how many pictures I should post. But at the end, my fun self just got the upper hand. I believe an open mind and a good sense of humor make a great traveler. And I believe that you all are free spirits who embrace adventures and unconventional thinking. Otherwise, how do you get to know my blog? 🙂
When it comes to Asia and sex, people often think of Thailand with its vivid sex industry, or India with its world renowned Kama Sutra teachings, or Japan, the land that gave birth to the term hentai, sexually-explicit anime and manga which have developed into a distinct genre of pornography. But not Korea! I always had an impression that Koreans were sexually repressed, as evidenced by couples’ awkward kisses in Korean dramas. Again, I made another HUMONGOUS wrong presumption. The sex trade in Korea is so huge, despite its illegality, that the government once admitted it accounts for as much as 4% of the country’s annual GDP – about the size of the fish and agriculture industries combined. While the country hides its dark secret under a dazzling surface, Korea does actually flaunt it off in one place deceptively called Jeju Loveland. This one-of-a-kind giant wacky erotic theme park is only 10 min away from Jeju International Airport, where 140 works of art are erected for the pleasure of the public. People say it was built in an effort to inspire couples with arranged marriages during their honeymoon on Jeju (really???).
“Jeju Loveland breaks the traditional taboos surrounding sex, and is a place where visitors can appreciate the natural beauty of sexuality” (Jeju Loveland Website). Once you step through the entrance, you can immediately imagine what is in store for you. Everything has an erotic theme attached to it, whether it is the phallic arrows giving directions, the ladies and gentlemen restrooms with genitalia-shaped door handles, or the sperm-adorned shop. The park is designed along an axis made of a labia-shaped exhibition pathway, and a penis fountain ejaculating water toward two nipple hills. Scattered around are sensual figures, interactive sculpture, and even hands-on exhibits such as a ‘masturbation cycle’.
There are even more surprises in the Baengnok Exhibition Hall, which in essence is a sex toy store. There you can find anything from elaborate dildos, to boob-shaped key rings, to aprons painted with naked genitalia. Upstairs there are special exhibits by local artists, which of course also feature sex themes. Some materials here are on the verge of being perverted for their explicit depiction of sexual intercourse. They can seriously make you blush.
However, overall the place is surprisingly delightful and fun. You can hear people giggling every time they turn the corner and see a new piece of art. If even the statues are enjoying themselves, how can tourists not have a good time here, right?
Toilet doors with genitalia-shaped handles
Wanna wash your hands?
This sensual sculpture (Desire) is probably the most impressive exhibit in the park. It’s very big, about 9m long and 3m tall.
It’s only a chair 🙂
Animals in the park
What is she listening to?
Come to me (the nipple hill is in the background)
Waiting for you – male and female versions
The labia-shaped exhibit pathway
The thinnest die hard
Where are you going?
Isn’t it beautiful?
One of many interactive devices
Like master, like dog
Can’t think of a name for this
These are from the coffee shop inside the park
Wall of love
Read the text, it is hilarious
The wall of Baengnok Exhibition Hall
Exhibits in the Baengnok Exhibition Hall
One of many souvenirs you can buy in the Baengnok Exhibition Hall