Last weekend, my friends and I went on a self-guided tour of one of Suwon’s least appreciated asset; it’s beautiful toilets. As the map states it “The grandest toilet (sic) with beautiful pictures on the walls, well supplied with current newspapers and magazines, music playing constantly and the scent of flowers in the air.” Seriously. It also states, quite proudly, that “Suwon is leading the toilet culture.” How can anyone say no to that? We had a beautiful day with nothing better to do. It was great.
The toilets were pretty impressive. I don’t know if they warrant Suwon’s title as leader in the toilet culture, but they were pretty nice. I was especially impressed by the fact that every toilet has an assigned worker hanging by the structure. I’m not too sure what their job descriptions are, but each toilet we checked out had a monitor with a bright orange vest. A sign that the city truly cares about its toilets. We asked for a picture with one of the ladies. Apparently the fame and power of being a beautiful toilet guard went to her head because she was quite vocal about not being photographed.
Here are some of the highlights from our tour. On toilet near my school (!) had one sided mirrors next to each toilet so you could look outside while on the throne. Another toilet had a changing room in the lady’s room. One was equipped with those great Japanese warm toilet seat/bidet things. They even had one with a stall (again in the woman’s washroom) equipped with a normal sized toilet and a tiny junior sized one, side by side. That’s what I call leading by example!
I think the best thing about my toilet map, other than it being an actual toilet map, is that there’s an advertisement for a 3 hour toilet bus tour. Apparently, the city of Suwon thought there would be enough demand to establish a weekly toilet tour. This tour left every Saturday from the information center at 2:30. Granted, there are other activities on the journey, but I feel like the toilets are the main attraction. Sadly, my map was printed in 2000, so the tour has probably been canceled for about 8 years now (it’s not happening anymore, what what I hear). There are also some “prestigious toilets” on the map, but, let’s be serious, once you’ve seen a “beautiful toilet”, there’s nothing a prestigious one can offer you.