‘World’s first toilet theme park’ opens in South Korea | Source: BBC News, Nov 8, 2012
The Korean city of Suwon has opened what it says is “the world’s first toilet theme park“.
The Restroom Cultural Park has a museum displaying Roman style loos, European-style bedpans, and ancient Korean flush toilets, as well as fun facts about human waste and a sculpture garden dedicated to squatting figures.
The BBC’s Seoul correspondent Lucy Williamson visited the park to explore South Korea’s fascination with the art and routine of the water closet.
Manila – Two South Korean cities have flushed away competition and won a best public toilets contest in Asia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday. WHO said Seongbuk, which is part of Seoul, and the city of Jinju bested other cities in Asia in providing well-maintained public sanitary facilities.
The mayors of Seongbuk and Jinju will receive their awards at the World Toilet Summit & Expo 2008 to be held in Macau starting on Monday.
WHO, which co-sponsored the contest with the Alliance for Healthy Cities, cited Seongbuk for investing a significant amount of money in rehabilitating and upgrading government-operated toilets in the area.
“The number of public toilets has grown from 129 in 2003 to 201 in 2008, for a population of 460,000,” the WHO said in a statement. “At the same time, Seongbuk has introduced measures to ensure safety of its facilities and to make them more accessible to disabled people, the elderly, children and foreign visitors.”
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