Conveniently located near the Jeju Airport in South Korea, the Jeju Loveland is a sex-themed sculpture park, based on sensuality and eroticism, which breaks all the traditional taboos regarding sex. Covering an area of two standard size soccer fields, the park contains 140 sculptures representing men and women in various sexual positions.
However, the park as a whole looks like a piece of land art, an enchanting place where art and eroticism, imagination and reality meet in cool, funny, humorous and hilarious styles.
For reasons unknown, during the 1970s, the Jeju Island suddenly became a popular honeymoon destination for the Korean couples, probably due to its pleasant warm climate. It was reported that, since the late 1980s, some hotels on the island used to perform ‘professional icebreakers’ in the evenings and arrange programmes featuring erotic elements, to entertain and help the newlyweds.
The Jeju Loveland was developed based on the reputation of the island as a popular honeymoon destination and with the development of the erotic theme park, the island also became known as a centre of sex education.
It was created in 2002 by twenty young male and female artists, mainly graduates of Seoul’s top art school, Hongik University, who took about two years to create the sculptures for the park, which was opened for the public on 16 November 2004.
The mascot of the park, a phallus (locally called Bulkkeuni) wearing yellow mittens and a vagina (Saekkeuni) modeling a floppy hat and bow, welcome visitors through the front gates. Adhering to the sexual theme, two breasts are used as the doorknobs for the men’s restroom and an erect penis for the women’s. There are lots of entwined legs everywhere - chairs, mountains, water fountains and door handles are suggestively shaped into body parts and even animals, like the dogs, turtles and pigs.
Apart from the huge sculptures representing various sexual positions, the park also has other elements such as gigantic statues of phallus, mammoth stone labia and hands-on exhibits such as a ‘masturbation-cycle.’
Jeju Love Land houses a glass-dome restaurant, an outdoor café, an art shop, and various works which visitors can touch. Apart from the fixed installations, a monthly rotating exhibition is also arranged in the museum, featuring works by different Korean artists.
As described in the park’s website, Jeju Loveland is really a place where love oriented art and eroticism meets. It is a sexciting experience to visit the park. The park has artistically broken the cultural taboos surrounding sex with its explicit and erotic sculptures. Even today, in many conservative societies, sex is a sin, a taboo and even speaking about sex in public is treated as perversion. Those people will never agree in public that sex is an important part of life and it deserves to be celebrated with passion and without inhibition, because very often it results in tranquil happiness and utmost satisfaction in the concerned couples who willingly participate in the game of love.