Bizarre player, tinny speakers

The most bizarre objects keep on swimming into my radar in Korea. This one was found in a toilet, at the Elementary school I was doing my English camp at.
Equipped with a motion sensor, it plays songs from it’s own speakers. The nation anthem sung by children and a few other tunes flows from it’s speakers that seem even too tinny for the enclosed and tiled room that it occupies. Obviously no expense spared at remodelling this toilet, but not quite the five-star rating as with the loo in an Elementary school in the void, nor did any other public lavy in Okcheon come close to the super loo, also seen in the void.

Go pee, or you can have it “your way”

have it your way

Obviously you can’t pee just anywhere. Having said that, I’ve seen grandmothers training their young grandchildren to pee into the gutter. It’s a bonding moment. How nice vulgarity can be given the right context.

Use the public toilet, and if you’re unlucky enough, wait to use it. The message can work only if the bathroom is big enough, which in this case, it was not. Besides, Koreans don’t queue, they cluster or “aggregate”.

The Burger King sign was even more ironic in it’s slogan. It’s obvious in what the message is, but slogans inclusive, I’d rather not have it this way.

Potty break, I’ll have a brass band playing if you don’t mind

This toilet was different. I know I might be blogging way too much about the little persons’ room, but… well, I have no explaination. Loos for me are supposed to be clean, well build and not smelly. Seeing as this one was for the staff and was built very recently it was all of the above. It even had toilet paper, which in Korea is a bonus and not arbitary. The odd thing was, after sitting down on the heated toilet seat, I realised they had music piped through a speaker in the ceiling. It was straight elevator music.

Dude, WTF? The principal of this school is an out and out bureaucrat. He obviously had spare cash left over from installing the lift in the building. (It’s for the disabled students I hear). Not that it’s a conincidence that his office is also on the second floor. I know for a fact that in Japan spending a penny is done quietly they and they even have dedicated devices to mask the sound of peeing on China porcelin. This may be a coincidence. I’ll have to make a note of finding the source of the music and changing the playlist. Maybe to a more contempary genre like heavy metal or even some classical music.

Versatile Superloo to (i) let

“Placed in rustic settings, this free standing abode comes superbly equipped with three self cleaning toilets”.

It turns out there’s another “Super loo”, only this one is located at the base of one of Su-jeong mountain.

As far as infrastructure goes, it has super loo status

Eumseong has one of the best kept infrastructures of all the towns I’ve lived in in Korea. This toilet is for public use, and is quite possibly the only loo I’ve seen (anywhere) lit up with more bling lights than my laptop and even has CCTV as well.

It compares well with the one in Taupo, New Zealand. The only exception is that the one in Taupo is not just a loo, but also has showers. Just in case you have an accident.