A visit to Mr Toilet House @ Suwon may just get you thinking of the comfort we have taken for granted in our modern toilet system. Locally known as Haewoojae in korean and simply translated to be "a place of sanctuary where one can solve one's worries".
What a profound name for something so lowly like a toilet bowl!
Over here, we can see the late, Mr Sim Jae-duck’s contribution to the toilet culture improvement movement. The ex-mayor of Suwon and the founder of World Toilet Association, WTA had built his house to resemble a giant toilet bowl.
Visitors can view 2 floors of exhibition about his works and the humble latrine evolution in Suwon from 1950 to 1970. More records of his unique passion for toilet culture works are kept in this “toilet-museum”. Some projects and activities involving the people of the less developed countries are also available. The most attractive exhibits are the one about some interesting design of toilet pictogram. Be prepared to giggle. By the way, the friendly staff, Mr Lee and Ms Bobae Jo will be more pleased to guide you through the house with interesting commentaries. Both can speak English and Korean.
The 2nd floor of the toilet-shaped building is mainly dedicated to the personal artifacts and collections of the founder. More pictorial records are displayed here, depicting the private life of this wonderful public servant in the area of promoting public health.
To access the attraction, you may take the public bus either from the Line 1 - subway station of Suwon or Sungkyunkwan University. Take the bus and alight near Dongwon High School and walk 20 minutes / 500 metres to Mr Toilet House. Or you may call the duty staff at -------- for further assistance.
The attraction is open from 10am to 5pm daily except Monday. There is no fee for admission. More details are available from ----------