The world’s first toilet theme park, dedicated to the humble toilet, has opened in the city of Suwon, near Seoul, South Korea, according to reports by several international news sites, November 27, 2012.
Recent reports said the centre is built around a toilet-shaped museum building that was once the home of Sim Jae-duck, founder and first president of the World Toilet Association.
Sim, a former Suwon mayor who made his fortune with a metal products business and was dubbed “Mr Toilet“, founded the organization to spread the benefits of hygienic toilets around the world, joining the like-minded World Toilet Organization based in Singapore.
“He is a man whose life literally began in a toilet and ended at a commode-shaped house,” Lee Yeun-sook, manager of planning at the Mr. Toilet Sim Jae-duck Foundation mentioned in the statement.
According to reports, the toilet museum is free and includes other exhibits like Korean traditional squat toilets, European bedpans, and Marcel Duchamp’s sculpture “Fountain,” a porcelain urinal.
“Going to the restroom is as vital as eating. In a sense, nations and governments should work to make sure everyone has an equal access to toilets and feels happiness in there,” Mr. Lee added.