Korea’s sexual conservatism absent at Jeju Island’s sex theme land – Love Land, Jeju, South Korea.
Loveland is a bustling arena of sexual irregularities, a place which resonates erotic inhibition by communicating the essence of sexuality into creative and indeed thought-provoking exhibits. It is also a job that this intrepid reporter could not afford to miss.
I have been around the Jeju tourist block and have experienced the full gamut of its offerings. However, for some reason, Loveland remained elusive in my sightseeing conquests. Just recently I experienced what had put been off for so long: a trip around the Loveland block. And let me tell you I was rather pleasantly surprised by a interesting albeit bizarre museum dedicated to sex and all of its corresponding themes.
In a culture as conservative as this one, it was rather shocking to witness such a blatant sexual spectacle. Without question there are elements of Loveland which break free from the conforming societal mould. It is a true testament to a taboo concept celebrated in a creative and tasteful manner.
The history and what’s on show
Established in 2004, the museum is billed as a theme park and features over 140 unique works of art. The impetus for the museum started in 2002 when 20 artists from Hongik University in Seoul began creating erotic sculptures. The doors were officially opened two years later, and Loveland became the only museum of its kind to be featured anywhere in South Korea.
Among other things, the theme park features a plethora of statues in various stages of sexual engagement. I would be lying if I told you I didn’t laugh at some. As a matter of fact I probably laughed at most. There are humorous elements in a good portion of the statues, but it is generally construed in a way that is both tasteful and stylish. Of note is a massive phallus which sightseers can literally mount in order to appreciate the male organ from a contextually different angle. In addition to sculptures, there are also a full spectrum of photos clearly depicting the various stages and methods of copulation, methods being the operative word as some photos serve as a veritable “how to get your freak on” guide. If you are not for the still life scene, there are indeed a wide variety of displays featuring sexual props ranging from female massage devices (also know as vibrators to the layman) to specific latex contraceptive methods (better know as condoms, rubbers, and the proverbial classic: Willie Hats). Alas, if your search through this sexual odyssey is still not satisfied, there are in fact mechanically cranked demonstrations which would enlighten even the most formidable of the sexually unlearned.
I won’t give all of it away, but suffice it to say that the museum is creative to say the least. Plan on spending at least 40 minutes if you want to do a quick walkthrough or 90 minutes if you prefer a more detailed approach. One should also consider bringing some cash as the theme-park features both a cafe and gift shop offering sexually oriented props including outfits, devices, and more. The themepark is located at 680-26 Yeon-dong which is about a fifteen minute drive on the road north from Lotte Mart (pass Halla Aboretum and you’re heading the right way). Like all sexual escapades, Loveland must maintain some elements of mystery. It is on that note that I bid you adieu and hope you too will experience the eclectic sexcapades of Jeju Loveland.
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