'Penis Park' In South Korea Sees Huge Increase In Visitors Thanks To Nearby Winter Olympics

Thanks to the Winter Olympics being held about an hour away in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a park in Sinnam is seeing a huge, er, rise in the number of visitors heading to it.

Haesindang Park is better known as Penis Park - and is a monument to fertility based on a legend about a virgin and a fish. Yes, a fish.

There don't seem to be too many fish in the park, however. Instead, it's populated by giant penis sculptures, including a cannon that looks like a phallus. Or perhaps it's a phallus that looks like a cannon. There are also penis totem poles, penis benches and penis wind chimes.

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Credit: StoryTrender

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Credit: Cessie901/Flickr

Either way, the unique park has seen a giant uptake in visitors due to its proximity to the Olympic site, who are flocking to learn all about the bizarre legend that inspired the dick-shaped monuments. To be honest, they probably just wanted to go see the sculptures, because when else would you get a chance to that?

Still, the legend itself is as interesting as it is bizarre. The short story is that a virgin died in a storm while her boyfriend was collecting seaweed from a nearby cove. After her death, the village was unable to to catch any fish until a fisherman urinated into the sea, which - for some unexplained reason - satisfied the virgin's spirit.

It was afterwards that fishermen erected a shrine and a phallus on the cliffs of the village in memory of the deceased. As you obviously would

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Credit: cessie901/Flickr

But there's actually a real life counterpart to the legend, which is that South Korea has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world.

That's something that has given rise to other penis parks being erected across the country, but Haesindang is the 'only one on the east coast' and markets itself accordingly.

According to government data from 2016, just 1.17 babies per woman were born each year in South Korea - on average, obviously, a figure that dropped to 1.04 babies per woman for this year.

Clearly, more penis parks is the most obvious and effective solution.

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Mischa Pearlman

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]

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