Author’s note: This post contains some NSFW photos – skip on by if you’re at work, or keep reading if you’re ready for a ride!

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -
Haesindang Park (해신당 공원) is quite possibly one of the most… er, unique parks in Korea, rivaled only in stature by a few select places around the world. Again, this post is NSFW (PG-13, not XXX) – click when you’re ready…

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -

Haesindang Park translates to Penis Park. Before closing your browsers in disgust or wonder if I’ve lost my morals, read on. The story Lonely Planet tells is interesting – and not seen in English anywhere at the park.

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -

Walking down from the main road towards the park.

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -

Yep, that’s a penis you’re looking at – carved in wood (oh the irony) rather artistically.

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -

This one’s got teeth…

 

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -

While most have been at the park for awhile, there have been a few phallic symbols as the result of contests held over the years. Hey, you may as well have it seen here – it’s not like you can take it home or display it in most art galleries…
Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -

Up some stairs we go.

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -
A penis cannon, anyone?

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea - Phallic symbols were everywhere – as were a few ajosshi and ajumma giggling at both the number and size of… er, objects.
Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -
Some resembled sculptures from other countries – India, perhaps?

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -

Having a woman carved on the side of one was a fairly constant theme.
Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -

The red lighthouse in the back is, er, appropriately shaped along with the rest of the park.

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -
A baby inside the penis? Hmm.. OK, I guess…
Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -
Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -So this is what happens during circumcision…

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Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -

It goes without saying that phallic symbols weren’t the only thing to see. The Fishing Village Folk Museum was in the same area, though it was closed by the time we arrived. It’s interesting to note that you’d have to walk by quite a few phallic symbols to arrive at the Folk Museum – maybe that’s why there are so few field trips scheduled here…

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -

Anthropormorphic.

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -

I love the faces on these characters.

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea - They’re everywhere.
Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -
Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -
Sneaking a peek inside a building with a scene – but no doors. Some peepholes from the cloth covering the windows is the best you can get.

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -
What was I saying about using women as part of the art?

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -
A few Koreans enjoying the various stone statues – I couldn’t tell if they were slightly intoxicated or just giggly from everything around them.

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -
Aaaaahhh, here she is – the reason all these penises are around in the first place. Here’s our mythical virgin that was supposedly swept away to sea before being, er, deflowered.
Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -Koreans (they look like boys – WTF?) with some impossibly large penises.
Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -
Another building with no legitimate way to look in… but with peepholes torn from the cloths covering the windows.

Destination: Haesindang Park - the park of wooden phalluses, anyone? (Samcheok, Gangwon-do, South Korea) (NSFW) - South Korea -
This was the ‘safe’ picture – but you can definitely get an idea of what’s going on.Haesindang Park was definitely an eye-opener, and a surreal experience I’d never expected to find in Korea. While there was zero signage in English and it’s not necessarily mentioned on the tourist maps and signs, it’s worth exploring for the uniqueness of it.

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Directions to Haesindang Park (from Seoul’s Express Bus Terminal): Take a bus to Samcheok in Gangwon-do. Look for tickets and boarding in the older portion of the building; buses leave around every 15-30 minutes (not every 1 1/2 hours like the Lonely Planet guidebook says!), and take about 4-5 hours depending on traffic. The bus may cost 15,900 won (for standard, or 일반) or 23,400 won (for first class, or 우등). Once at Samcheok Bus Terminal, wait for intercity bus #24. Pay 1,300 won per person for a 40km ride. Keep your eyes open, or ask the bus driver to announce when you arrive. Once at the exit, walk down the hill towards the water and through a rural village. You’ll see the more up-to-date ‘touristy’ section after about 8-10 minutes walking.

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