Day Two began as all vacation days should…at a leisurely pace, with a cup of coffee and a good book. Our plan was to hike/relax/hike/relax/hike (though you can see we didn’t exactly follow the itinerary), and today was for chillaxin’.
First, we headed to Loveland. Loveland is an adult-themed sculpture park that is quite infamous in Korea. I’ll post a couple of the more tame pictures here, but will mostly leave it up to your imagination. I’m all about free speech, but there are some things your grandfather should just never read on your blog.
There are a couple of interesting things to note about Loveland. I find it ironic for a country that has a national ban on pornography to have a sex-themed park as a major tourist attraction. It was filled with Koreans (as Jeju is a popular vacation spot for Koreans), so it’s not as if this is made for visiting foreigners. I was more than a little uncomfortable following the phallic arrows from sculpture to sculpture, while being trailed by a Korean family (and their 8-year-old son). Eek.
Second, as subversive as Loveland tries to be, all of the love and sex portrayed here is very heteronormative. That is, you will find no lady love or man-on-man here. It seems if they were really trying to push the envelope, they would include a more diverse selection. However, this is Korea, and same-sex sex is still very taboo.
After heading back to the hostel to get changed into our bathing suits, we went to Hyeopjae Beach. While it was a slightly-more-expensive-cab-ride-away than we thought, it was entirely worth it:
The pure-white sand, the crystal clear water and the beautiful view of Biyangdo Island all screamed “YOU’RE ON VACATION.” Now, some of you may not know this about me (hah, hah) but sometimes I have a hard time relaxing. Well, it was impossible not to here. We swam, read, wandered and had a lovely afternoon with absolutely no plans more complicated than “I think I’ll change the song on my iPod now.”
That was our day! Next up: The longest lava tubes in the word, my sprint in 105% humidity and how we became regulars in a Korean bar.