The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 27, 2012
 
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World's first toilet park flush with success in S. Korea

 
 

SUWON, South Korea (Reuters) - Rodin's Thinker is pondering even harder than usual as he sits astride a toilet at what has been dubbed the world's first theme park dedicated to the humble restroom - a monument to one South Korean man's vision.

The park, located about an hour outside of Seoul in the city of Suwon - otherwise known as the home of Samsung Electronics - centres around a toilet-shaped museum building that was once the home of Mr Sim Jae Duck, founder and first president of the World Toilet Association.

Legend has it that Mr Sim, a former Suwon mayor who made his fortune with a metal products business and was dubbed Mr Toilet, was born in his impoverished grandmother's outhouse.

"He is a man whose life literally began in a toilet and ended at a commode-shaped house," said Ms Lee Yeun Sook, manager of planning at the Mr Toilet Sim Jae Duck Foundation.