Get a Rise from South Korea’s Penis Park

At the recent winter Olympics, there were many sights and sounds to take in, sights and sounds that went beyond the actual athletic events being staged.  The Olympics were held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

There were many historic places to visit, exotic restaurants, and scenic views.  But nothing could quite get you up in the morning like South Korea’s famed Penis Park.  That’s right, I didn’t stutter, I’m talking penises, and I’m talking parks, and I’m putting them together.  The park is in the port of Sinnam, which features a Penis-shaped lighthouse.  The polite version of the park is Haesindang Park, but we’re just gonna go with Penis Park, since that’s what everyone else is calling it.

It seems the park was a major draw during the Winter Olympics, with many international visitors, and even athletes, taking the time to ponder the erect homages to male fertility (that’s Penises, to you and me).

The story is a couple of months old, but somehow I missed it.  I shan’t abide letting a good penis story go by, however.  Let this penis story rise, once again.

I said Penis.  I said it.  I’m going to say it again, because this is a story about penises.  Here’s more details from Reuters:

South Korea’s ‘penis park’ draws an Olympic crowd

Even the bright red lighthouse in the tiny South Korean port of Sinnam is shaped like a penis.

The port is home to Haesindang Park, better known as “Penis Park”, a monument to fertility, born from a legend about a virgin and fish. A normally obscure attraction, it is drawing curious crowds of visitors from the nearby Winter Olympics.

There are 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 who was visiting the park along with other people working at the Pyeongchang Olympics, being staged about an hour’s drive away.

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. The fishermen later erected a shrine and a phallus on the cliffs of the village to satisfy the virgin’s spirit.

Confronting and unusual to some eyes, the penis park is less of an oddity in a country with one of the lowest fertility rates in the world. Among the 35-member club of mostly rich nations, the OECD, South Korea has the lowest rate.

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