South Korea has always been on my travel list, but the visa situation prevented me from finding the time to go there. Me being an Indian, I pretty much need a visa for every single country you can think of.
That changed when I heard of Jeju Island. This little island in the Korean strait, is South Korea’s only special autonomous region. And by autonomy, it can have its own visa rules. In order to make this a tourist paradise, Jeju choose to do the obvious – they have a visa on arrival for almost every nationality in the world!
One important point that you should be aware of, before you book your flight tickets. The visa-on-arrival is available only if you are landing directly into Jeju from an international location. If you take a connection flight via Seoul, you will definitely need a visa, because Seoul-to-jeju is considered domestic travel. So, the challenge is to find an international flight from outside Korea, that lands directly into Jeju.
China Eastern flies a couple of cheap flights into Jeju, one of them from Hongkong. I took up the opportunity, and even stopped in Hongkong for a day, before proceeding to Jeju. With visa on arrival, and with 3 of my friends waiting there for me with a plan. And what was the plan? To bicycle around Jeju island, on a 200KM stretch, in 4 and a half days. Ok, let me be frank. This was my plan!
How this plan progressed is a whole different ball game, and another blog post. But today, just sharing an amazing attraction just 10 minutes away from the Jeju international airport.
Loveland, a unique theme park in Jeju, was born out of a necessity. Most marriages in South Korea were of arranged nature, and the newlyweds were too shy to even talk about – forget doing it – sex. Jeju Island had already built a reputation of being the premier honeymoon location in Korea, after the Korean war. But the island had to do something to make it more ‘copulation-friendly’. In fact, long before the loveland was created, many hotels in Jeju held ‘icebreaking functions’ with an erotic touch, just to make the newlyweds comfortable with each other.
In 2002, art students of the Hongik University in Seoul decided to take this sex education to the next level. Over the next 2 years, they created erotic art, and in 2004, the Jejuland was open to the public. The theme park runs sex education movies, and has 140 statues depicting sexual positions. Apart from these, there are also other intriguing exhibits, a masturbation-cycle for women (it works!), a sex shop, and a play area to leave your kids behind while you ogle at the phalluses and labia. Thank god for the last one!
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