Seoul amusement park Lotte World was once criticized by the public for its controversial and graphic Halloween decoration display that many believed “crossed the line” for what is appropriate for a kid’s attraction.
As Halloween has become more popular in Korea every year, Lotte World puts on a “Horror Halloween” event where the park becomes a Halloween-themed attraction full of decorations for the spooky holiday.
However, a display in 2017 once went too far, according to the public. The decoration featured a bloody woman inside a Styrofoam butcher’s shop meat package labeled “Zombie Meat” with a sticker showing the price and barcode.
Many believed that not only was the disturbing display extremely graphic for an amusement park where children would be present, it also sexualized women.
In a news segment, amusement park goers commented on the graphic and inappropriate display.
I have no idea what they were thinking at the time while making this.
— Lotte World visitor
Lotte World staff initially responded to the issue and said the displays are made by a separate company.
We can’t just ask them to ‘get rid of this’ or ‘include this’ to the people working there, since they’re sub contractors.
— Lotte World staff
Ultimately, the display was removed following its controversy on September 4.