An Homage to the Porcelain Throne: Mr. Toilet House
We’ve been living in Korea for about five months now, and we have definitely seen our share of weird things. However, one of the weirdest so far is Mr. Toilet House, a toilet museum located in Suwon, South Korea.We saw an ad for this museum on the side of a bus one day, and we decided we simply could not pass up an opportunity to see such a bizarre museum. So we trekked out to Suwon to find out what exactly Mr. Toilet House is!
I’m sorry to say, even after being there, I am still not sure what it is. It’s marketed as a toilet museum, so we thought it would be about the history of toilets, but in reality, it’s a strange memorial to Sim Jae-Duck, a former congressman and mayor of Suwon who was nicknamed “Mr. Toilet.” He earned this nickname because A.) rumor has it he was born on a toilet, B.) he started the World Toilet Association General Assembly and served as its inaugural chairman, C.) he worked for many years to provide sanitary and modern public toilets for the people of Suwon, and lastly, D.) he lived in a house shaped like a toilet. No, you did not read that wrong. The “museum” was his home, a giant toilet. Basically, dude was obsessed with toilets, and so after his death, his family donated his home to the city to be made into museum/memorial.
So needless to say, it was pretty weird. There was less history about toilets than I expected, and a lot more of Mr. Toilet’s personal history and his belongings, including pointless things like luggage and his work ID cards. We had a good time posing with the pictures of Mr. Toilet, taking pictures of the cartoon poops, and laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation, so it wasn’t a total bust. But overall…it was pretty crappy. Pun intended.