October 9, 2007 / 9:50 AM / 10 years ago

Toilet-shaped house offers relief to the WC-needy

SEOUL (Reuters Life!) - South Korean sanitation activists will mark the launch of a global toilet association by lifting the lid on a lavatory-shaped home south of Seoul.

The steel, white concrete and glass house, with a symbolic opening in the roof, will be ready to receive visitors next month, said the World Toilet Association in a statement.

“Among its many amenities, the house features four deluxe toilets,” said the group, started in South Korea and dedicated to providing clean sanitation to the more than 2 billion people who live without toilets.

A lavatory-shaped home is seen in this computer graphic image released in Seoul October 9, 2007. South Korean sanitation activists will mark the November start of a global toilet association by lifting the lid on a lavatory-shaped home south of Seoul that offers plenty of water closet space. REUTERS/Office Of Koki-woong/Handout

The home has a showcase bathroom located in its centre. Other toilets have features that range from elegant fittings to the latest in water conservation devices.

The toilet house was built by Sim Jae-duck, chairman of the organizing committee of the Inaugural General Assembly of the World Toilet Association to mark the association’s first general assembly in November.

The house is named Haewoojae, which signifies in Korean “a place of sanctuary where one can solve one’s worries”.

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