Calling itself the ‘world’s first toilet theme park,’ the Haewoojae Museum
(also known as the Mr. Toilet House) in Suwon is a public park and museum dedicated to, you guessed it – toilets
. Here, visitors can find exhibitions on Roman-style loos, European bedpans, and ancient Korean flush toilets
, as well as learn a wealth of information about poop. Established in 2007, the museum was built by Sim Jae-duck (Mr. Toilet), a former mayor of Suwon who was reportedly born in the toilet of his grandparents’ house. With a lifelong attachment to the bathroom fixture, Sim dedicated his career to improving the plumbing and public bathrooms of Korea
. To mark the birth of the World Toilet Association, Sim had his home of 30 years demolished. In its place, he commissioned architect Go Gi-wong to construct a house in the shape of a toilet. Haewoojae, which means ‘a house to relive one’s concerns,’ was, upon its completion, named as the biggest toilet sculpture by the Korea Record Institute in 2007. It was then donated to the city in 2009 following Sim’s death. The cultural space regularly holds special exhibitions, educational events and competitions, such as the Golden Poop Painting Contest.