Do you dream of a life full of penises? Strange question perhaps, but if I were you I would certainly continue reading. After all, dreams are there to come true, aren’t they? All you have to do is fly to South Korea. In the east of the country you will find Heasindang Park (해신당 공원), or the penis park. More than 300 penises, from small to large, from thick to thin and from straight to crooked are waiting for you. There is only one problem, they are not real. But that shouldn’t spoil the fun, right?
Who has been crazy enough to build a park full of penises here in South Korea? And why? What is the story behind these statues? No more questions, it’s time for answers. And secretly you can also enjoy the pictures…
The tragic legend of Haesindang: masturbating in the sea
The Legend of Haesindang is going to be a tragic and sad story about two people loving each other very much. But there is also a funny part, about a man masturbating in the sea. And all the people are happy about this event. It already sounds weird, isn’t it? It all took place in the little fishing village of Sinnam.
On a stormy day, a lovely bride is waiting for her oh-so-loved husband on one of the rocks in the sea. They say goodbye to each other with great sadness and the man goes off to work. The woman remains sad, but comforts herself with the thought that they will see each other again at the end of the day. Or will they not?
And then fate strikes. A high wave drags the bride into the sea and she drowns. As a result of her death, all the fish decide to swim away. Disaster threatens for the fishermen of the small town of Sinnam. No fish in the sea is no income and no food on the shelf. So what now?
A surprise follows when a lecherous young man decides to spread his body fluids in the beautiful South Korean waters. This is the moment the fish had been waiting for. They quickly return to the sea around the fishing village of Sinnam. And the inhabitants walk the polonaise and decide to build a penis park.
That penis park, which we know as Haesindang Park, opened its doors in 2007. The reason was a penis sculpture competition and a large part of those ‘dick’ statues ended up in the newly designed park. And to this day, fish are still swimming in the sea around the village. Mission accomplished!
What to do in the penis park?
A visit to the penis park will not take much longer than 2 to 3 hours. After all, it’s more about the pictures than it really is about learning something from them. But a visit to Haesindang Park also gives access to the Fishing Folk Museum, a museum full of… folklore and more… penises. But fortunately you will also find traditional clothing and information about the history of the village. The fishing village of Sinnam doesn’t have much else to offer, consists at most of a few houses and after a walk in the park you soon leave for the next destination in South Korea.
An impression of the penis park in (more) pictures
Planning a visit to the Penis Park?
Have you become enthusiastic and do you really think a visit to the penis park in South Korea should not be missed? Below you will find a short explanation how to get there.
The best way to get to the penis park is with a rental car. Then you can easily drive there and leave again when you have seen all 300 penis statues. Another option is by bus, but this usually runs once an hour. Bus 24 leaves from the bus station of Samcheok and takes about 45 minutes. Don’t forget to inform the bus driver that you want to go to Haesindang Park. He will let you out at the top of the park and that will save you quite a climb up. Entrance to the park costs 3000 won (€2,25). Opening hours are from March to October from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. And from November to February from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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