Ah, poop — the great equalizer. While some might be grossed out at the thought of doo-doo, South Korea has found a way to swirl it with style. Walk along the streets of Seoul and you might find yourself at 동빵 Dong Bang, a “poop bread” stand, bustling with crispy hot cakes with fillings such as strawberry, chocolate, green tea or azuki bean paste.
The little fella with the yellow suit is Dongchimee, a poop scientist featured in the children’s show Dalki. He collects and experiments with poop while teaching children about the importance of using dung as plant food.
You might also stumble upon Ddo-Ong Cafe (또옹카페) — a dookie-themed coffee shop, where you’ll find mini-plunger garlands used as decor. Other similarly themed places might use toilet-shaped mugs for your latte.
Food, mugs, and even a toilet theme park in the city of Suwon … How does poo produce such fascination?
While there might not be a single reason, traditional uses for fecal matter might explain its value in South Korean culture. Besides fertilizer, excrement was also used in traditional medicine as a remedy for infections and broken bones. Meanwhile, golden swirly poop icons represent good fortune and have been used as symbols of good luck across East Asian countries.
But maybe the answers to poop appreciation lie in the short claymation film Doggy Poo. In this children’s movie, a doggy poo character searches for the meaning in life and finds his purpose once he meets a dandelion sprout.
There’s also the singing poop video, if you want to cap your poop quota for the day.
Who knew crap could be so cute?