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Haesindang Park, South Korea - Titbits
1214    Dibyendu Banerjee    06/07/2020   

Located in a small town called Sinnam, on the east coast of South Korea, Haesindang Park is a penis-themed park that stands on a hill in Samcheok with around 50 phallic statues of various shapes, sizes and forms, some with faces on them. The collection of around 50 phallic statues, created by the Korean artists for joy, spirituality and sexuality is exhibited in various sizes and styles, which include in the form of wind chimes, totem poles, hollowed out benches, stools, armrests and even a moving cannon.

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There are seats and benches with some manner of the male appendage cleverly worked into their design and a massive moveable black rod that bobbed up and down with an almost hypnotic motion. There is a hilarious exhibit that depicts a group of small white dogs seemingly enjoying the copulation of their masters. However, one of the most popular landmarks is a yawning man with a penis in place of his tongue. Further up, statues of steel-blue humanoids endowed with unnaturally large erect genitals lined the stairway. Some of the penises have faces on them and are more colourful and more animated in appearance, while the others are exact depictions of the human penis. There is a Chinese zodiac of sculptures in an arch, near the top of the cliff, where all the animals are carved inside of life-size penises.

The bobbing black rod
The bobbing black rod
Penis in place of tongue
Penis in place of tongue

It is said that there is a tragic tale, known as the Legend of Auebawi and Haesindang, behind the foundation of the phallus park. According to the legendary story, long, long ago, there was a young maiden called Aebawi, who was married to a local fisherman. One day the girl, whose marriage was still unconsummated, accompanied her husband in his boat for fishing in the sea. For the safety of his wife, the husband dropped her off on a rock that was at a distance from the beach and promised to pick her up on his return from the deep sea. However, suddenly the sky became cloudy, the weather turned rough and strong winds and roaring waves started to thump the rock. Unfortunately, before the hurried return of her husband, the poor girl was swept from the rock by a violent gust of wind and drowned in the sea.

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As a strange consequence, the fishermen of the village started to suffer badly, as they could not find any fish in the region, as if they have all left the area forever. The elders assumed that the insatiate soul of Aebawi was hovering in the area, which caused the disappearance of the fishes.

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However, after some days another miracle happened, when a fisherman casually relieved himself or ejaculated into the sea, the fishes were gradually seen appearing to the utter delight of the villagers. This time, it was thought that the sight of male genitalia appeased the spirit of the deceased virgin girl and she allowed the villagers to catch fish. To soothe her spirit further, the locals erected several phallic shaped wooden effigies in her honour and started to celebrate religious ceremonies in her memory.

The Statue of the virgin girl
The Statue of the virgin girl
The Statue of the virgin girl
The phallic red lighthouse

Gradually, with the passing of time, the place where the maid died came to be known as the Aebawi Rock and the building where the religious ceremony is held twice a year was named Haesindang. The villagers still celebrate the religious ceremony as a traditional folk event, praying for the eternal peace for the poor girl, who was washed away by the cruel sea. The park was added much later, which was opened to the public in 2007. In addition to the phallic statues made by local artists, the park features a statue of the virgin girl. Apart from that, there is also a phallic red lighthouse down on the dock

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Dibyendu Banerjee
Ex student of Scottish Church College. Served a Nationalised Bank for nearly 35 years. Authored novels in Bengali. Translated into Bengali novels/short stories of Leo Tolstoy, Eric Maria Remarque, D.H.Lawrence, Harold Robbins, Guy de Maupassant, Somerset Maugham and others. Also compiled collections of short stories from Africa and Third World. Interested in literature, history, music, sports and international films.
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