Sure enough, their ‘efforts’ were not in vain, and the fish gradually began to return to the area, delighting
the fishermen and locals alike. The park has now become a popular tourist attraction – particularly among older
Korean women, who head there in droves, and can be seen giggling and posing with all of the statues.
I do not know one person who has visited the Penis Park, and not had a fun-filled day! If nothing else, you will
leave with an album of photos that will receive comments on Facebook like no other you have ever uploaded! There
are no words that will sufficiently describe the entire experience – you just have to go. You will be amazed by
how graphic some of the statues actually are (my personal highlight was a row of three masturbating men, trousers
around their ankles, their dogs happily barking at their feet); and you will struggle to comprehend how Korea, often
a very sexually reserved country, counts this among one of its tourist attractions.
There is also a statue of the drowned virgin, so you can have a look at the girl who started this whole thing off!
A museum also continues the sexual theme, and you can see some pottery, art and carvings of even more penises (as if
you hadn’t seen enough already!!) There are even women’s sexual organs in here, if you fancy a change… You can find
out about some of the fishing history of the area here too, in the Fishery Village Tradition Exhibition Centre.
Besides all of the genetalia, the park itself is actually very beautiful, and you can spend a lovely afternoon
wandering around. We visited on a gloriously sunny day in May, and found the views to be spectacular and flowers
wonderfully colourful. It is obviously right by the ocean, and that in itself is lovely too, and offers a nice coastal
stroll. We spent a whole afternoon here, and were not bored – in fact, I think it would be a great place to bring a
picnic and spend the best part of a day (as long as the subject matter doesn’t put you off your lunch!)
Entry Fee – this was small, around 2,000 won. There is a ticket desk at the entrance, which also
displays a return bus schedule in it’s window. It’s worth having a look to see what your options are for buses back
to Samcheok. The stop is right by the road, you’ll see it when you come in.
Opening Hours - Mar-Oct, Tues-Sun, 9 am-6 pm; Nov-Feb, Tues-Sun, 9 am-5 pm
Address - 167-8 Seongnam-dong.
Phone - 033-570-3568 (for the Korean-speaking Fishery Village Tradition Exhibition Centre)
Getting There – A frequent 50 minute bus will easily take you to the park from the Samcheok Express
Bus Terminal. Ask for Haesingdang Park at the ticket window, and they will know what you’re talking about! Come out of
the door that they will point you to, and turn right. You’ll see a little bus stop. Just wait there until the bus is
scheduled to come. When we went, the bus didn’t actually come over to the bus stop – it just stopped in the middle of
the concourse, and everyone walked over to board it. You may need to just check with the driver that you have the right
bus, before getting on, especially if you can’t read Hangeul. Let the driver know that you are getting off at the park,
and he’ll be sure to make a commotion about your stop when he comes to it at the side of the highway. (In terms of
landmarks, the stop is just past the small park dedicated to local Olympian Hwang Young-Cho, who won the marathon event
in both the 1992 Summer Olympics and 1994 Asian Games.) The drive itself is lovely, and you will see some great scenery
and coastline. If you go at the right time of year, you will also pass the famous yellow rapeseed fields, and see people
posing for photographs amongst rapeseed almost as tall as themselves! You can get off the bus here too if you so desire.
Eating – There was no proper shop or café to speak of here, only a few stalls and tiny local Korean
shops at the back exit to the park. We were pretty hungry by the end of our visit, so I’d advise others to take a packed
lunch/picnic, or eat before you go.