Tourists pose in front of a penis statue in South Korea’s Haeshindang Park, a shrine to fertility dedicated to the legend of a local girl who died a virgin
Haesindang Park in Sinnam is just an hour from the Olympic site in Pyeongchang
The park features penis totem poles, penis benches and penis wind chimes
It has grown into a bona fide destination, where dozens of sculpted phalluses stand erect in defiance of an centuries-old folk curse
An extraordinary park in South Korea where everything is shaped like a penis has been inundated with fascinated tourists visiting the nearby Winter Olympics.
The port city of Sinnam is home to Haesindang Park, better known as ‘Penis Park’ – a monument to fertility born from a legend about a virgin and a fish.
Even the town’s quaint red lighthouse is crafted to look phallic.
A normally obscure attraction, the park is drawing curious crowds of visitors from the nearby Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang just an hour away.
The shrine, located in the port town of Sinnam, is just an hour away by road from the Winter Olympics site in Pyeongchang
The unusual site features penis totem poles, penis benches and penis wind chimes. There is even a penis-shaped cannon, with a warning to tourists that it should not be mounted.
‘I’ve been all over the world and I’ve never seen anything like this,’ said Keith Childs, a Londoner visiting the park with other people working at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
The legend behind the park has been painstakingly chiselled into a row of stone penises. It tells of a virgin who died in a storm as her boyfriend collected seaweed from a rock in a nearby cove.
According to one version of the legend, the village was unable to catch fish after she died until one fisherman urinated into the sea, somehow satisfying the virgin’s spirit.
The fishermen later erected a shrine and a phallus on the cliffs of the village in memory of the deceased.
The site is not usually so popular and has drawn crowds from the Olympic site
One of the park’s outstanding attraction is a penis shaped cannon (pictured)
As legend would have it, a virgin died in a storm as her boyfriend collected seaweed from a rock in cove close to the park
What may seem bemusing or downright odd in some people’s eyes appears less peculiar to South Koreans, who live in a country with one of the lowest fertility rates in the world.
The park has grown into a bona fide destination, where dozens of sculpted phalluses stand erect in defiance of an centuries-old folk curse
Among the 35-member club of mostly rich nations, the OECD, South Korea has the lowest rate.
The country now has several ‘penis parks’, so many that Haesindang markets itself as the ‘only one on the east coast’.
Fertility shrines are not uncommon in South Korea where population growth has become sluggish
A carved penis emerges from a pot whilst another stands horizontal from a hillside as tourists look on
Just 1.17 babies per woman are born each year in South Korea, according to the latest government data, for 2016.
That is set to hit an historic low of 1.04 babies per woman this year, according to a government official.
‘Young people face a harsh reality which includes high unemployment rates and an unstable job prospective so individuals choose not to have a child to sustain their own lives,’ said Ryu Yang-ji, director at the Presidential Committee on Aging Society and Population Policy.