Jeju Love Land rises to the top as one of the strangest tourist attractions in Korea.
OK, I got that out of my system. Well, kind of. Give me 10 minutes and I’ll be good to go again.
So what is this Jeju Love Land thing? It bills itself as an erotic sculpture garden. Sure enough, there are plenty of beyond-life-sized sculptures of the nude form. But some attractions shrink to a soaked-in-cold-water micro scale, with dioramas that are an odd blend of instruction, humor and flat-out “WTF?”
We visited Jeju Love Land during the late evening, way too close to closing time. We’d already seen the natural wonders of Jeju Island, from Manjanggul Lava Tube to Mount Halla to Seongsan Ilchulbong. I wasn’t sure what we’d find at a Korean erotic sculpture garden. Korea has an odd mix of propriety and in-your-face attitude where sex is concerned. On one hand, couples living in multigenerational homes need to flee to love hotels for a bit of fun. Yet some billboards and establishments with names like “Club Tits” (and I’m not joking about that one) leave little to the imagination.
The crowd at Jeju Love Land reinforced that duality. We spied more than a few blushing, giggling younger couples. And a few steps behind them? A full family, right down to toddlers. And nobody batted an eye.
We had more than a few amused chuckles and could’ve taken our time for more fun.
The admission fee of 9,000 won is about $18 per person. A little stiff if you plan to be quick about it. But make a few hours of it, and you’ll be satisfied with the trip.