The charming Jeju Island in South Korea is known for many things, including its unique natural resources, three of which have made it into UNESCO’s list of World Natural Heritage Sites. One museum, however, has consistently made it to the list of wackiest, weirdest or most bizarre museums in the world: Jeju Loveland. The outdoor museum or park takes on a theme that is unlike any other in South Korea: sex. Jeju Loveland (also spelled Jeju Love Land) is a sex-themed park that is definitely strange in this country where couples rarely hold hands in public and definitely don’t lock lips in public. The park openly and liberally displays more than 100 sculptures that imply, suggest and directly show acts of love. Be assured of this: Jeju Loveland definitely gets an R rating.
Jeju Island (also “Cheju” or “Jeju-do”) is the largest island in South Korea. Isolated from the mainland Korean Peninsula, Jeju-do is located in the Korean Strait, off the country’s southernmost tip. A map will show that its distance from the mainland and the neighboring country, Japan, is almost the same. Simply put, Jeju-do is a dream island destination that is truly very romantic. Since it is a volcanic island, it has eerie, intriguing and unique lava formations, as well as pristine white-sand beaches. This is the perfect honeymoon island getaway, a dream destination that young Korean couples share.
After the Korean War, Jeju-do was considered the premier honeymoon destination in the country. In earlier times, Korean families practiced arranged marriages and so the young couples were not sold out into having sex with each other. The secluded island then became known as the perfect hideaway for sex education. According to some accounts and as recorded in a German magazine in the 1980s, hotel employees professionally performed sexual activities in front of young couples to teach them how to get it right. They were said to offer programs to entertain and relax the couple, featuring erotic elements.
As the island’s reputation became more and more known to people, the park was opened on November 16, 2004. Graduates of the Hongik University in Seoul created several sensual sculptures that were displayed and scattered throughout the park, which is almost the size of two soccer fields. It would take about an hour for guests to see all 140 sculptures depicting life-size human figures in various sexual positions. The park also offers a monthly rotating exhibit that features sculptures by different Korean artists. Other items on display are sex toys, a large phallic statue, stone labia and hands-on educational exhibits, including the “masturbation-cycle”.
Quite obviously, this infamous park requires all its guests to at least be 18 years old. Organizers describe their park as “a place where love oriented art and eroticism meet”, and claim that the sculpture garden can “instigate your sexual imagination”. To get to Jeju Loveland, visitors take the inter-city bus or taxi. It is located on the road between Jeju City and Seogwipo; a 10-minute drive away from the international airport. This extremely interesting garden receives guests from 9:00 a.m. till past midnight. Admission is 9,000 won.