Arts + Culture

Tiny Tourist Attractions

by Colleen Clark

Mini Mini Land, Jeju Island, South Korea

One of the few large attractions at South Korea's Mini Mini Land is a sculpture of a gangly Gulliver tied down by an army of Lilliputians. This might suggest the inspiration behind the 116 monuments here that have been shrunk down to between one fifteenth and one thirtieth of their original size. But then there are also full-scale sculptures of a pirate, SpongeBob SquarePants, and various dinosaurs. So there's probably no point in trying to make sense of any of it—better instead to pose in front of the miniature Niagara Falls, which feeds into a pond housing the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge. Also on this Korean resort island? A sex theme park, museums dedicated to chocolate and teddy bears, and giant piano keyboards you can jump on. There's even an exhibition in which dead bugs are used to create dioramas of famous historical events. Just goes to show that a little island can have some big—and bizarre—ambitions.

Mini Mini Land
Jeju Island, South Korea
Tel: 82 64 782 7720

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Photo: Courtesy of tazy_01 / Flickr

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