“Igot boseu… Loveland kayo?” (trans. This bus, going to Loveland?)
… Korean girls within ear-shot distance grew wide-eyed with side glances and we got a few silent nods and snickers between men. As two foreign girls standing at a bus stop with map-in-hand, I didn’t think there was much harm asking…
Occasionally, Koreans can surprise you. A couple of month ago, it was a mystery to me as to where all the sexual naughtiness in conservative Korea was hidden. Now, standing before the un-pearly gates of Loveland, I was about to have all presupposed ideas about a virginal Korea redefined.
Sex Education in the form of Sex Parks in Korea
As Jeju is pegged as the romance capital for honeymooners, it’s been rumored that Loveland targets the newly wed crowd, as a way to get the um,… “ball rolling”. A definite education of sorts if you were ever misled about what sex was or could be.
Outside, the building and parking lot barring entry into the sex theme park loomed as banal and depressing as an L.A. porn warehouse. No neon lights, just a small quiet sign which looked like a contraceptive logo. An element of cheesy and surprise prevails, however when you enter the theme park.
How do Koreans view sex?
Nothing hardcore, obscene, raunchy, smutty, or suggestive of something you might want to whip out your hand sanitizer for; the sexually explicit nature of the artwork was tasteful and entertaining. Erotic sculptures, penis fountains, a giant hand fingering a vagina and abstract artwork… the park felt at times, a bit whimsical, absurd and playfully curious.
Count on Koreans to make sex seem cute.
Turn the Crank to Make Whoopee
Loveland’s Sex Museum of small surprises: Korea’s steamy and sexy scenarios
Stepping inside the simple two-story museum, you immediately encounter a glass case display of dildos, vibrators and flavored lubricants to smother yourself with in sex-play. Nothing much outside your standard sex toy shop.
Perhaps the erotic vignettes I find most risqué and provocative are often, the subtlest and naughtiest. That said, the upstairs exhibition was by far, my favorite. Call me a sucker for miniatures clay figurines which remind me of stop-motion animations I loved as a child! Claymation figures in sex-crazed panoramic scenes, mixed racy themes with playful tendencies in a humorous portrayal of quintessential Korea!
How was Jeju’s Loveland?
Was my 3 hour-long bus ride to Loveland worthwhile?
Hell yeah! As an amusement theme park, it did its job in keeping me well-entertained.
Whether you’re single or in a relationship Loveland might broaden your mind towards sex and the conservative Korean life.
Getting to Loveland via bus:
Take a bus headed to Jungmun. Transfer at Jungmun and take the bus headed towards Jeju-si/Mt Halla along Highway Route 1139. Approx. 3 hours to get there. The buses run less frequent.
There are probably more buses which go there as Loveland is closer to Jeju-si; the easiest would be from Jeju Main local bus Terminal.
The park is open til midnight