Flushed With Pride, Korea Celebrates Toilet Theme Park
I’ve been to some bizarre spots in South Korea, from DMZ tunnels to a seaside park dedicated to giant penises, but a new theme park in Suwon is at the top of my must-see list: it celebrates toilets.
The Restroom Cultural Park is billed as the world’s first toilet theme park. It’s a monument to the colorful former mayor of Suwon, a man known as Mr. Toilet.
The late Sim Jae-duck was himself born in a toilet and had an affection for loos throughout his life, rigorously promoting public facilities while mayor.
Sim also founded the World Toilet Association and wrote a book entitled “Happy to Be With You, Toilet.” He died of prostate cancer in 2009.
The park opened earlier this year and is now attracting foreign interest. It features Sim’s toilet-shaped home, the Mr. Toilet House, which is now a museum dedicated to loos.
Sim’s own high-tech toilet is available to visitors. It has a transparent door that clouds over when the facilities are in use.
As seen in the BBC report below, there’s a history section reflecting on the less than pleasant Korean commodes of the past, as well as a gallery of art inspired by toilets.