Loveland: Jeju Island’s erotic sculpture park
We entered the park and and walked along a path laden with penis-shaped arrows, passing giant penis and vagina mosaics and sculptures of couples engaging in wild sex. We crossed paths with groups of ajosshi and ajumma (middle-aged Korean men and women) and heard a chorus of giggles. They must have been drunk. Or embarrassed. Or both.
In Korea, a country where openly discussing sex is somewhat taboo, a walk through Loveland was refreshing, humorous, and a bit corny at the same time. Before I went to Jeju, my conservative co-teacher told me that Loveland may influence couples to have pre-marital sex. I chuckled and assured her that it’s probably not Loveland encouraging Korean couples to have sex before marriage.
Along with some new friends on my Jeju Adventure Korea trip, we traipsed around the park, posing with our favorite sculptures.
Dildos, vibrators, stockings, and silly gifts, such as bells printed with “Ring for Sex,” lined the shelves of the gift shop. The door handle to the females’ bathroom was a well-endowed, sculpted penis. Loveland certainly is one of Korea’s quirkiest places to visit, and it’s a great location to snap some photos and merely watch how others react.
Unfortunately, there were a bunch of dioramas that I accidentally skipped over (dammit!) but Christine from Grrrl Traveler did not. These miniatures humorously portray sex in Korea. Check out her post here, click here for directions, and read more about my trip to Jeju Island here.
-Text and photography by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com. All rights reserved.