In Pyeongchang, the Olympic athletes have captivated audiences both in the stadiums and around the world with their impeccable skill, strength, speed, and grace. However, about an hour’s drive away from the Winter Games is a different sacred ground, renowned for a more eccentric type of physical prowess.
Haesindang Park acts as a fertility shrine, but around the world it is gaining infamy as the “Penis Park.” Legend has it that a young virgin woman perished whilst waiting for her lover to return from his work at sea. In order to fulfill her carnal needs and put her restless, horny spirit to rest, various penis monuments were constructed throughout the coastal cliff.
It was even said that until a kind-hearted fisherman took pity on the maiden’s spirit, pleasured himself, and let his seed spill into the water, no fish would bite, and few crops would grow.
While you probably won’t find any ejaculating fishermen here, many, many more phallic effigies were constructed over the years. Today, the public and tourists are able to enjoy everything from a penis-shaped lighthouse to penis-shaped benches, penis-shaped turrets, penis wind chimes, a penis-shaped tribute to the Chinese zodiac, and even an ominous, dark penis-shaped cannon that should not be handled or straddled.
There are actually several penis parks throughout South Korea, but Haesindang remains the most well-known of them on the East Cost. Its close proximity to the Olympics is certainly helping its popularity stay strong and erect, and it has surely offered exhausted workers and viewers a welcome if not extremely memorable respite.
A collection of phallic statues can be found at South Korea’s Samcheok Haesindang Park. Legend has it that a maiden drowned in a cove near the small fishing village before she was able to consummate her marriage, and her anger at being cheated out of love caused the fish to disappear. In a desperate attempt to appease the young woman, the villagers erected penis-shaped statues in the hopes of lifting the curse, and the fish eventually came back. The area makes for a great picnic spot with views of the East Sea if you’re looking to explore Korea after the #olympics! #destinations #wanderlust #viewsfordays #penispark
And as it happens, fertility is something of a concern. South Korea has the lowest birth rates in the developed world, sinking even lower than Japan. Perhaps more penises need to be constructed before the nation is haunted by more restless virgin spirits!