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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

Wanggung-ri Toilets: Our Korean ancestors' first public toilets
  • These toilets, discovered at the Archaeological Site in Wanggung-ri, Iksan City, Jeollabuk-do Province, were made in the seventh century (King Mu of Baekje, r. 600-641)., which means they could be Korea's very first public toilets.

    Although excavations of this site began in earnest in 1989, these toilets were not discovered until 2002. Three long deep pits, each filled with water, were found along with a pile of organic earth, and their walls were very sleek, as if painted with something. At first, researchers thought that this site had been used to store grains or fruits, because they found a straw shoe, plant seeds, and a wooden stick in there.

    Notably, the earth around the pits smelt very bad. When the researchers studied the earth, they observed many parasite eggs, and thus identified the site as an ancient toilet.

  • Thanks to the study of parasites, the researchers were able to form an idea of the eating habits of the people of Baekje. The types of parasites they discovered include roundworm and whipworm, which are usually present in vegetables, and clonorchis sinensis, which are usually present in freshwater fish; however, no tapeworm, which is present in meats, was found. Thus, it appears that their diet consisted of vegetables, with freshwater fish from local streams - rather than meats - providing their protein intake.

    These public toilets could be used by seven or eight people at the same time. This interesting reproduction will allow you to discover ancient public toilets, which are not so different from modern ones.

    * Tip: The Archaeological Site in Wanggung-ri, Iksan and the Exhibition Center offer visitors and opportunity to see the actual site of the ancient public toilets and associated relics. (666, Gungseong-ro, Wanggung-myeon, Iksan-si, Jeollabuk-do, http://www.iksan.go.kr/wg/index.iksan)