Posted on 01 July 2013.
CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON
From a conversation I recently had with a co-worker who has lived here for years, I found out about this place after exchanging stories of things we have seen. He recommended a trip to a humorous landmark not from from Osan. After performing a search, I quickly found this place funny and decided to take a quick trip north to see it.
Unfortunately, this site isn’t as popular as Hwaseong fortress because we had a very difficult time trying to explain to the taxi drivers in both English and Korean. I found the phone number online and called them, the staff there gave the taxi driver directions and he quickly got us there.
Upon arrival, you immediately spot the main building (shaped like a toilet). To the right of the fork in the road, there is a humorous mural paying homage to toilet culture. From that point on the fun gets better. It is a very good idea to start with the museum first. Of course, the park is free to all guests, but as a sign of respect we gave them a donation. The staff are very friendly and gave us small tokens of gratitude for visiting.
Upon entering the building you get an idea of what the park is all about. They are promoting toilet culture around the world as Mr. Toilet (Jae-Duck Sim) has since the 90′s. The park and building are filled with art that explains different styles and ways of using the restroom. There is also a quasi-botanical garden around the area as well as plenty of photo ops. There is a lot to see and learn as you move about the small area.
Address: Jangan-ro 458-9, Jangan-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do 440-310, South Korea
Directions: (From Osan) To get here, use Sungkyunkwan Station on Seoul Metro Line #1 near Suwon. Find a taxi and tell him you need to go to Haewoojae. The park is not very far from the station and costs about 3,000 won to get to.
Hours: CLOSED MONDAY; March~October 1000-1800; November~February 1000~1700
Admission: FREE! but please donate!