Jeju’s Love Land & Mini Land

Day 3 in Jeju was cloudy with rain threatening to fall at any moment.

I had met a fellow wanderer through the facebook page, “travel buddies Korea.” She was going to be in Jeju around the same time I was so we decided to pair up and do some sightseeing. By the time we had checked out the local market and purchased some souvenirs, it was misty with no sun to be seen. We decided to check out Jeju’s famous Love Land.

American love. Marilyn Monroe's famous pose with an eagle's head and wings on top.

American love. Marilyn Monroe’s famous pose with an eagle’s head and wings on top.

We weren't clear on this, but we think these were hand-washing sinks.

We weren’t clear on this, but we think these were hand-washing sinks.

Love Land is known as Korea’s only “sexual theme park” and although we think of theme parks as having rides and games, this was not that kind of park. It’s actually just a walking park, filled with 140 erotic sculptures made by 20 Korean artists from Hongik University in Seoul. They began the project in 2002 and two years later the park was open for business. The purpose of this unique park is to break away from the cultural taboos that many Korean people have towards sex. The park boasts being a place to “appreciate the natural beauty of sexuality.”

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It took about an hour to walk through and thanks to the rain, it wasn’t very busy which was nice. 

Japanese love.

Japanese love.

Indian love.

Indian love.

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After we had our fill of nakedness, we went for lunch where I tried Jeju’s famous peanut makoli (a kind of fermented rice wine). I’m a big fan of traditional makoli but sadly, the peanut one didn’t do it for me :(

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After lunch we headed out to Mini Land, another theme park but this one much tamer. Mini Land is a miniature theme park filled with famous structures from around the world. We had a lot of fun running around all the mini buildings and landmarks, statues and monuments.

No Mini Land could call itself so without an homage to Gulliver's Travels.

No Mini Land could call itself so without an homage to Gulliver’s Travels.

The Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt.

The Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt.

Not sure, but I think this a ruin from Myanmar.

Not sure, but I think this a ruin from Myanmar.

Taj Mahal, India.

Taj Mahal, India.

My travel buddy, Rafiqua, at the Korean government HQ known as "the Blue House," South Korea.

My travel buddy, Rafiqua, at the Korean government HQ known as “the Blue House,” South Korea.

Thanks to the rain, once again we pretty much had the place to ourselves. At any tourist hotspot in Asia, this is a rare and special gift. It was shocking how many photos we got with no other tourists in our shots!

Easter Island, Polynesia.

Easter Island, Polynesia.

Toronto's City Hall, Ontario Canada.

Toronto’s City Hall, Ontario Canada.

A mini Dol Hareubang (grandfather rock), famous gods of protection in Jeju.

A mini Dol Hareubang (grandfather rock), famous gods of protection in Jeju.

St. Basil's Cathedral, Russia.

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Russia.

What a day! I don’t think I even dreamed that night; just hit the pillow and was out. More adventures to come next week so subscribe (on the right, below the archives) for instant notifications on new posts!

One thought on “Jeju’s Love Land & Mini Land

  1. Hey Karluch:
    Yet another adventure in a rather unique park in Korea.
    With all those scupltures that are so suggestive and downright plain, there must be some frustrated dudes creating those things.
    Nana and I happy as usual you are having such a great time and you will have so many fond memories to discuss in years to come. What a marvelous youse are getting. And don’t take no wooden nickels neither!
    love youse a tonne and one ounce.
    nana and gramp xxxxooooooooo

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