Korean Member of Parliment Gets a Giant Toilet Home
December 23, 2009 | by shinigami

Nothing highlights a social awareness message like a giant Toilet-shaped House. That was the aim of Sim Jae-Duck, a member of the World Toilet Association, when he commissioned the construction of his new home, a gargantuan concrete and glass home that resembled a toilet.


Located in Suweon, south of Seoul, the strange home towers over everything else at 4,508-sq-foot and cost him 1.6 million dollars.

Sim, who is also the former Mayor of Suweon and current member of the parliament, hoped that this home would emphasize the importance of better sanitation in all countries.

Toilets were once regarded as stinking and dirty places. Not any more. They must be treated as the sanctuary that protects human health,” was his take on the matter.

In fact, Sim has been so vocal on the clean toilet issue that, during his term in office, folks had started calling him Mayor Toilet.


As it is, given that his mother gave birth to him in a toilet, the loo theme has been a major part of the eccentric man’s life.

Where the unusual home is concerned, Sim has devised a plan where he can reel in funds for countries with backward toilets.

He encourages wealthy folks to rent out the house at an impressive rate of 50,000 dollars per day.

He assures that all profits from this rental venture will for needy countries who lack decent sanitation.

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Shinigami (A. K. Goemans) is a Netherlands-based writer who is into horror movies, computer games and manga. She lived in different parts of Asia and Africa before settling down in the Netherlands.
  • This man has got it right. Yeah it's weird to live in a house shaped like a toilet bowl. But if his aim is to gather funds to help those poor countries with backwards toilet systems, then good for him. And he is absolutely right. People should not have to put up with dirty or primitive toilet systems. It is indeed a health issue as many diseases are transmitted from fecal matter.

    Btw…the worst toilet I have seen was not in a 3rd world country. It was right here in the good ol' USA. The public toilets of Arizona's rest stops (at least when I went through there 7 years ago) are absolutely disgusting. The "bowl" is basically a toilet seat on a hole sitting on top of a giant septic tank underground, and NOTHING, NOTHING is between this hole and the tank. So basically you can see everyone else's poop and urine down there. YUCK. It smells horrible, and I'm sure as heck it is a breeding ground for disease!!!

  • For a toilet, this is pretty neat looking! And why would you rent something for $50,000 a day?! You could get a hut on the water for that much— jeez! that's outrageous!

  • hmmm… he spent 1.6 million dollars building a home, instead of using that money for his cause?

  • you took a shit in a shitter

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