Many people use porn as a healthy and wholesome marital aid. But then there’s Jeju Loveland, an outdoor sculpture park on Jeju Island in South Korea.
One of the nine provinces of South Korea, the island Jeju became a popular honeymoon destination for couples after the Korean War, due to its warm, gorgeous climate. Because of arranged marriage which is still common in Korean culture, the island also became known as a center of sex education.
Founded in 2004, Jeju Loveland is home to 140 sculptures representing humans in various sexual positions, a theater which runs sex education films, giant phallus and labia statues, and hands-on exhibits, such as a masturbation-cycle.
While the gift shop sells some standard adult toys, the sculptures here are amazing.
What immediately strikes me is how far away the idea of Loveland is from the ultra-conservative North Korea, as well as the idea I have in my head about Korean culture as a whole. When I think of the people of South Korea, I do not think of wild, sexual experimentation, much less the people that would create a sexual theme park.
It’s an interesting art installation, regardless of whether or not you actually like any of the sculptures. It showcases sex in a highly artistic way. From its giant sculpture of labia with a hat on to its breast door knobs, some pieces are very avant-garde.
I cannot think of anywhere in the “progressive” USA that does this, outside of strip clubs, websites, or the Vibrator Museum in San Francisco, but even then that is very different than this. This is actual art of an erotic nature which glorifies sexual exploration, embraces the naked form, and is humorous, but never offensive.
Whether you think Jeju Loveland is an expression of sexual freedom, educational, or just some funky sculptures of people fucking, I agree. I can’t wait to go!