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Gallery&Museum Haewoojae Museum (Mr. Toilet's House)

WriterAdministratorDate12/20/2019

Haewoojae Museum (Mr. Toilet's House)1
Haewoojae Museum (Mr. Toilet's House)2
Haewoojae Museum (Mr. Toilet's House)3
  • Location

    Suwon

  • Address

    463, Jangan-ro, Jangan-gu, Suwon-si (Yimok-dong)

  • TEL

    +82-31-271-9777

Central Toilet at Haewoojae: The essence of Mr. Toilet's philosophy
  • Generally speaking, most museums situate their toilets in the outermost area of the building. However, the toilet of the Haewoojae Museum is located at the very center of the building, in accordance with the philosophy of Sim Jae-deok, the founder of the museum and a former mayor of Suwon.

    When Suwon City was selected as one of the venues for the 2002 World Cup, a foreign journalist asked Sim about the plans for public toilets, to which he replied, "We will make Suwon the city with the most beautiful public toilets in the world." Since then, he has been widely recognized as 'Mr. Toilet'.

  • At that time, the standard of hygiene in public toilets in Korea was not particularly high. As toilets were considered dirty places, they weren't easy to maintain. Suwon established a special unit to take charge of public toilets for the first time in the country, as part of the project to improve and even beautify public toilets. As a result, the city, led by Mayor Sim, has created some beautiful public toilets such as the 'Hwaseomun Gate Restrooms', which are designed like a traditional hanok building (372-17, Yeonghwa-dong, Jangan-gu, Suwon), the 'Banditburi Restrooms', which offer an open view of Gwanggyo Lake (166, Gwanggyosan-ro, Jangan-gu, Suwon), the 'Restrooms with a Great View' (at the foot of Padalsan Mountain, San1-2, Namchang-dong, Paldal-gu, Suwon), and the 'Football-Themed Restrooms', which recall the 2002 World Cup (inside the Sculpture Park at the Suwon World Cup Stadium, 310, Worldcup-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon).

    Suwon has since become the leader of the world's restroom culture, while its public toilet project has become a representative benchmarking case of transformation of simple public toilets into new cultural spaces dedicated to relaxation, exhibitions, meetings and so on.