And you thought you’d seen it all.
Not wanting to be out done by amusement parks centered on crucifixion, the conquests of Napolean, or construction site machinery, a South Korean city opened what it claims is the world’s first toilet theme park, displaying ancient European-style bedpans, fun facts about human waste and a even a sculpture garden dedicated to the art of squatting.
The park, located about an hour outside of Seoul in the city of Suwon – otherwise known as the home of Samsung Electronics – has reportedly attracted thousands of visitors since its opening in July.
The park itself centers around a toilet-shaped museum building that was once the home of Sim Jae-duck, a former mayor who made his fortune with a metal products business.
Legend has it that Sim was himself born in his impoverished grandmother’s outhouse and had an affection for toilets throughout his life, rigorously promoting public facilities while mayor.
Dubbed “Mr. Toilet” for his unique passion for the porcelain throne, Sim founded the World Toilet Association, led a campaign to improve public sanitation in the 1980s, and even wrote a book entitled “Happy to Be With You, Toilet.” He died of prostate cancer in 2009.
“He was a man whose life literally began in a toilet and ended at a commode-shaped house,” said Lee Yeun-sook, manager of planning at the Mr Toilet Sim Jae-duck Foundation.
In 2014 the Suwon government plans to open a toilet theme park and more exhibitions, expanding the existing park in a drive to educate Koreans about public toilets and raise awareness about sanitation.
BBC News has more on the world’s first toilet theme park in the video below:
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